Intellectual Property in Egypt

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National Organizations
Patents are protected by the Patents' Office which reports to the Education Department. Designs and trademarks are protected respectively by the Office of Designs and Models and Office of Trademarks which are departments of the Trade Register, an administrative service which comes under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. 
It is possible to obtain licenses for using patents and trademarks, but the agreements to use patents which involve payments outside the country must be authorized by the General Authority for Investment (GAFI). As for copyrights, they are handled by authors' societies.
Regional Organizations
No regional regulation bodies for intellectual property.
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
 

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent
 
Law No. 82 of 2002 and the official orders for its application taken respectively in 2003 (no. 1366) and in 2005 (no. 497)
20 years as from the date of request submission Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Strasbourg agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Trademark
 
Law no. 82 of 2002
Initial period of 10 years which can be extended indefinitely for similar periods Trademark Law Treaty
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Design
 
Law no. 82 of 2002
10 year protection which can be renewed for 5 years.  
Copyright
 
Law no. 82 of 2002
- For literary works and software programs: the lifetime of the author + 50 years

 

- For registered works: 50 years from the registration date.

Berne convention
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
 
Law on intellectual property no. 82
10 years validity renewable for 5 years.  

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