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Intellectual property in Egypt

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
Patents are protected by the Patents' Office, the sole national office responsible for registering and issuing patents. 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 Organisations
WIPO's regional bureau for Arab countries.
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
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)
Law no. 82 of 2002
Initial period of 10 years which can be extended indefinitely for similar periods Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Law no. 82 of 2002
10 year protection which can be renewed for 5 years.  
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 For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
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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