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At a Glance -Trademark Registration in Egypt

Guiding Principle

As a result of the concerned international conventions and treaties, terms and procedures for registering trademarks are quite similar around the world. Egypt is no exception; the country is a member of all the respective agreements and its intellectual protection law does recognize the international rules.

A.  International Legalizations
Prior to establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)[1], the Madrid Agreement concerning the International Registration of Marks and the relevant Protocol[2] was the first international system for protecting trademarks.

Subsequently, additional standards concerning the scope and use of intellectual property rights including trademarks were introduced by the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)[3]. The TRIPS imposed general obligations on the state members, requiring and determining criminal procedures for infringing the intellectual property rights.

To complement the rules for regulating the protection and registration of trademarks, the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks[4] established a classification of goods and services for the purposes of registering trademarks and service marks. The concerned authorities at the member states must indicate, in official documents and publications in connection with each registration, the numbers of the classes of the classification to which the goods or services for which the mark is registered belong.

Finally, the Trademark Law Treaty[5] was issued for unifying the procedures of registering the national and regional trademarks to be the latest part of the regime governing the trademark registration globally.

B.  Local Legalizations
Egypt enacted its local concerned regulations in line with the above conventions and treaties being a member of all of them.

In 2002, the Egyptian Intellectual Protection Law No. 82 (“EG-IPL”)[6] was enacted to replace the long standing previous Law No. 57 for the year 1939. The EG-IPL defines trademarks as what distinguishes each product from others.

The process for finalizing the registration of a trademark in Egypt takes between 12 to 16 months. The registration of a trademark grants the owner a period of ten years and renewable for similar period(s) as long the owner pays the due fees.

The priority is granted for applicants in other member states of the WTO or the states applies reciprocity with Egypt. The applicant may within the following six months to submit a request to the concerned authority in Egypt with a similar request for the same trademark and products.

Art. 113 EG-IPL stipulates that anyone who infringes or uses a registered trademark owned by other shall be punished with imprisonment for a period no less than two months. In addition a fine no less than five thousand Egyptian Pounds and no more than twenty thousand Egyptian Pounds will be imposed or one of these two punishment. The confiscation of the materials subject of the infringement and the closure of the establishment used by the convicted in the infringement for a period no more than six months.

If five years elapsed with no use of the trademark, the registration will be canceled.

C.  Procedures of Registering a Trademark

  1. Depositing the required documents for submitting a request to register a trademark.
  2. The concerned authority shall carry out technical inspection.
  3. The concerned authority shall either approve the registration with or without condition or will refuse to register the trademark.
  4. The applicant may appeal the decision of the concerned authority if it accepted the registration with a condition or refused to register the trademark.
  5. The applicant shall publish the trademark if he received the approval of the concerned authority in three newspaper (the official gazette and two local newspaper).

If no party objects to the registration of the trademark within month from the date of publication, the concerned authority shall issue a certificate of registration to the applicant.


[1] The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) formed by the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization signed at Stockholm on July 14, 1967 and as amended on September 28, 1979. The date of Egypt’s accession is 21.04.1975.

[2] The Madrid Agreement concerning the International Registration of Marks of April 14, 1891 as revised at Brussels on December 14, 1900, at Washington on June 2, 1911, at the Hague on November 6, 1925, at London on June 15, 1957, and at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and as amended on September 28, 1979. The date of Egypt’s accession is 01.07.1952.

[3] The Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is Annex 1C of the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the Word Trade Organization, signed in Marrakesh, Morocco on 15 April 1994. The date of Egypt’s accession is 06.04.1999.

[4] The Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks of June 15, 1957 as revised at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, and at Geneva on May 13, 1977, and amended on September 28, 1979. The date of Egypt’s accession is 18.06.1999.

[5] The Trademark Law Treaty done at Geneva on October 27, 1994. The date of Egypt’s accession 07.10.1999.

[6] The Egyptian Intellectual Protection Law No. 82 for the year 2002 promulgated on 03.06.2002 replacing the long standing previous law No. 57 for the year 1939, the law No. 132 for the year 1949 concerning the patents, designs and industrial forms and the law No. 354 for the year 1954 concerning the copy rights.

November, 2015 Hany Kenawi
Meyer-Reumann & Partners, Dubai Office
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