Trademark Registration and Protection
Egypt is a First to File country and whomever first files the trade mark gets the rights. Egypt trademarks are valid for 10 years from the filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years. Egypt is a member of the Madrid Protocol which offers international trade mark filing, registration and maintenance. A single application in Egypt can be applied to multiple jurisdictions so long as those countries are members of the Madrid Protocol. Egypt is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same IP protection to nationals of other contracting states. The Paris Convention provides for the right of priority in the case of patents, trade marks and designs. Egypt recognises the goods and services classes from the Nice Classification and allows for multi-class filing.
Smit & Van Wyk Intellectual Property law firm in Africa specialise in Egypt trademarks for goods and services. We work with a network of trusted and knowledgeable agents to develop the best possible solution to each of our clients’ Intellectual Property needs in Africa. Our fields of practice encompass all aspects relating to trademark registrations, renewals and protection, but more specifically:
- Providing advice on the registrability of a trade mark.
- Selection, use and retention of trade marks.
- Preparing and prosecuting trade mark applications.
- Helping clients license or franchise their rights.
- Handling of trade mark maintenance including payment of renewal fees.
- Recording amendments.
Egypt recognises the goods and services classes from the Nice Classification and allows for multi-class filing. The Nice Classification, established by the Nice Agreement, is an international classification for the registration of marks. A new edition is published every 5 years and a new version of each edition is published annually. Use of the Nice Classification is mandatory for the national registration of marks in countries party to the Nice Agreement:
the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI);
the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO);
the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP);
the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and;
the International Bureau of WIPO.
Egypt Trademarks Requirements
Power of Attorney with Arabic translation, notarised and legalised up to the Egyptian Consulate.
Details of the Applicant (full names, physical address, nationality/country of incorporation).
Certificate of Incorporation, legalised up to the Egyptian Consulate.
Representation of the trade mark(s).
List of goods and/or services.
Certified copy of priority document (if applicable).
Egypt is a member of the Paris Convention where each contracting state must grant the same IP protection to nationals of other contracting states, and provides for the right of priority in the case of patents, trade marks and designs. The Paris Convention is an international agreement which helps creators ensure that their intellectual property is protected in other countries. It applies to IP in the widest sense as it covers patents, trade marks and industrial designs to name a few.