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09-28-2016 (Newsletter Issue 17/16)
New Value Added Tax Adopted
The Egyptian parliament approved on August 28, 2016, the long-delayed value added tax (VAT) which replaces the former General Sales Tax (GST) system.

On September 5, 2016, VAT Law No. 67 of 2016 was issued. It replaces the Sales Tax Law No. 11 of 1991 and it’s amendments. The effective date of the VAT is September 8, 2016, the date after the law was published in the official gazette. The new tax law is part of an economic reform programme package aimed at reducing the country's budget deficit.

In principle, VAT applies to all provisions of goods and services, other than some goods and services that are listed in an exemption table.

The VAT tax rates are as follows:

- A 13% standard rate applies to most supplies of goods or services. This rate will increase to 14% on July 1, 2017.
-A schedule to the VAT Act lists goods and services that are subject to special rates in addition to the standard rate.
-A schedule to the VAT Act also lists goods and services that are subject only to special rates.

Source: BDO Egypt (www.bdo.com.eg) and PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East (www.pwc.com)


02-17-2016 (Newsletter Issue 3/16)
Verification System for Trademarks
The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade in Egypt launched a new system to enforce the protection of trademarks and limit the infringement acts that are increasing rapidly in Egypt.

By using an Android application or sending an SMS, the consumer will be able to verify instantly if a certain product is original or not. The verification message will include the product's name and the expiry date as well.

Through the new system, trademark owners will have the right to have a “sticker” put on all the products that are sold in the Egyptian market and registered at the Egyptian Trademarks Office.

At present, companies can voluntary register as part of this new verification system which may soon become mandatory.

Source: www.agip.com


09-15-2015 (Newsletter Issue 14/15)
New System for Trademarks Protection Launched
The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade of Egypt announced the launch of a new system for activating protection of trademark in Egypt.

This new system is one of different initiatives adopted by the Ministry to enhance the confidence in the national economy, and protect the consumers, investors and producers rights.

The new system aims to protect the Egyptian consumers against counterfeit, imitated and expired products. On the other hand, it will protect the investors from having their trademarks counterfeit or plagiarized.

It is worth mentioning that the new system will be implemented starting from September 2015, through a special electronic system allowing the consumer to obtain information about the expiry date of products they buy, and whether such products are original or not.

In this regard, a stringent punishment shall be applied in case of selling counterfeit products; up to a one-year imprisonment or a fine of L.E 50.000.

Source: www.agip.com


04-16-2014 (Newsletter Issue 7/14)
Official Fees Increased
The Egyptian government has recently revised its official fees schedule in connection with the registration of trademarks and designs. By virtue of Ministerial Decision no. 95 of 2014, issued on 19 March 2014, the official fees for a few trademark and design related matters have increased substantially in comparison with their current level.

More specifically, the increase is with regards to the following:
(1) oppositions
(2) availability search and status search
(3) obtaining certified copies.

The new rates are applicable as of 1 April 2014.

Source: SABA & Co.


09-03-2013 (Newsletter Issue 12/13)
Electronic Official Gazette Introduced
The Egyptian Trademark Office has introduced an electronic Official Gazette which is available in PDF format and is published on the 7th day of each month.
This electronic version contains the particulars of each accepted trademark application, a list of cancelled and renewed registrations. It also contains the particulars of the approved Recordals of License Agreements and Transfers of Ownership, as well as the particulars of international registrations designating Egypt. The applicant should carefully review the information that appears in the TMOG for accuracy. Any interested party may file an opposition against a published trademark within 60 days from publication date.

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar


07-16-2013 (Newsletter Issue 11/13)
Advertisement of Accepted Trademarks Changed
The Egyptian Trademark Office (EGTMO) has started to publish the accepted trademarks online as of the end of May 2013, and the hard copies of Official Gazettes are no longer issued. While the first trail copy appeared at the end of April 2013 along with hard copy.
It is worth mentioning that the data displayed in the EGTMO website will include the published trademarks only.

Source: www.njq-ip.com


03-10-2011 (Newsletter Issue 4/11)
New Decisions of the Patent Office
The Egyptian Patent Office has recently issued two Ministerial decisions which are expected to be implemented shortly which stipulate that:

- It will not be possible to extend the 30-month time limit for entering the national phase under PCT Chapters I and II for an additional 3-month period upon payment of a substantial surcharge for late entry on the filing of a written request for such purpose as per the Ministerial Decree no. 23.

- The official fees for the examination will be increased from EGP 2,000 (approx. USD 338) to EGP 7,000 EGP (approx. USD 1,185) as per the stipulation of Ministerial Decree no. 22.

Source: JAH & CO. IP, Doha, Qatar


02-23-2011 (Newsletter Issue 3/11)
Trademark Office Operating Again
The Egyptian Intellectual Property Office has returned to its normal working routine as of February 15th, 2011 after a period of unrest in Egypt.

The Office has resumed their work and are again able to deliver their services without any delay.

Source: SABA & Co.


03-02-2010 (Newsletter Issue 8/10)
Arabic Domain Passes ICANN Evaluation
On January 21, 2010, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Russia are the first four countries to meet a specific set of linguistic and technical requirements required under the ICANN’s IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) ccTLD Fast Track String Evaluation.

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Legal basis is the Intellectual Property Rights Law No. 82 of July 2nd, 2002, in force since June 2003, which replaces the Trademark Law of 1939.
Egypt is a member of the Madrid Agreement concerning the International Registration of Marks (Act of Stockholm of 1967) and a member of the Madrid Protocol.
Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Nice classification, 11th edition
Registrable as a trademark is any sign capable of distinguishing the product or services of one undertaking from those of others, including distinctive names, signatures, words, letters, numerals, drawings, symbols, signboards of shops, fiscal and official stamps, pictures, protruded engravings, and combination of colours in a specific and distinctive form as well as any combination of such elements if being employed or needed to be employed for distinguishing products of an industrial process, agricultural or forestay exploitation, earth extracts, or any commodity, for indicating the origin, kind, category, guarantee or method of preparation of products or commodities or for indicating the performance of one of the services. In all cases, the trademark shall be visually perceptible.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks, collective marks and certification marks.
The application is filed at the Trademark Office.
A separate application is to be filed for each class of goods/services.
Multi-class application is applicable in Egypt, but such an application is not recommended due to the fact that delay of the registration in one class will delay registration in other classes, which is why this type of filing is rarely adopted, so we recommend filing a single application for each class.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A power of attorney authenticated by an Egyptian consulate is necessary.
Foreign applicants need a domestic registration.
Anyone may apply for trademarks.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness has been acquired by use.
The processing time from first filing to registration is approx. 18 to 24 months.
After aproval the trademark is published in the “Official Gazette”.
National:
The opposition period is 60 days from the date of publication in the Official Gazette.

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application. It is renewable for an identical period or periods upon request of its owner.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months after the expiration date of the trademark.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not been used within 5 years from registration, it may be subject to cancellation.
Subsequent use of the trademark can restore protection if no party has requested cancellation due to non-use in the meantime.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is EGP 52.00 per class. The publication fee for one class is EGP 120.00 and the registration of a mark is EGP 110.00.

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Word Mark Search (availability) 380,00 € 350,00 € 
Word Mark Search (identical) 350,00 € 320,00 € 

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04-07-2017
IP-New Sun, Giza, Egypt

05-10-2016
El Welily Intellectual Property Firm (WIPF), Alexandria, Egypt

02-25-2015
El Welily Intellectual Property Firm (WIPF), Alexandria, Egypt

12-04-2012
Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property, Cairo, Egypt

10-30-2012
Egyptian Experts For IP, Giza, Egypt

01-23-2012
Egyptian Experts For IP, Giza, Egypt



The Law Office of Amr Salem

13, El Fawakeh St., Dokki
12311 Giza
Egypt (EG)

SFM-IP

EL Soudan St. El-Mohandseen P.O. Box 12655
12655 Giza
Egypt (EG)

El Welily Intellectual Property Firm (WIPF)

16, Mahmoud Ismail, Mostafa Kamel, Sidi Gaber
002 Alexandria
Egypt (EG)

IP-New Sun

11 Ahmad abas st , El Malika , faisal king
432 Giza
Egypt (EG)

Commercial Registry Administration Ministry of Trade and Industry Trademarks Office
4 Nasr Road, Makram Ebied st.
Cairo
Egypt
Tel +20 2 67 20 45 2
Fax +20 2 67 20 45 3
Mail info@itda.gov.eg
www.itda.gov.eg




World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Switzerland
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8
www.wipo.int