Trademarks: Egypt

General Information

International Agreements : Paris Convention and Madrid Agreement.

Classification : Nice Classification (Classes 1-45); Single-Class filing.

What is Registrable : Trademarks, service marks, collective marks, guarantee marks.

Priority under Paris Convention : Yes.
Examination : Mark are examined as to its registrability
Publication : Yes – in the Official Gazette

Opposition : Yes – within two months from publication date (No extensions are permitted).

Time Frame for Registration : 3-4 years
Registration Term : 10 years from filing date
Renewal Term : 10 Years
Grace Period for Renewals : Six months after expiration date

Use Requirement : Use of trademarks in Egypt is not compulsory for filing 
applications for registration or for maintaining trademark registrations in force.

Cancellation : A cancellation action relies basically on establishing sufficient grounds that the trademark in question has not actually been used seriously for a period of five consecutive years, unless the owner proves that non-use of the trademark was for reasonable cause, subject to court’s approval. The Trademark Office or any party concerned is entitled to demand cancellation of any trademark registered in bad faith.

Assignments - Must Assignments be recorded ? No
Can pending applications be Assigned ? Yes

Licenses - Must Licenses be recorded ? No
Can pending application be Licensed ? Yes

Marking Requirements : None

Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. A power of attorney legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate.
  2. A printing block and ten prints of the trademark for each class. 
  3. A list of the goods and services to be covered by the application. Classes 02, 05, 08, 
    13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 
    and 45 can claim all the goods they cover, whereas the remaining classes must 
    omit at least one good.
  4. A certified extract of the entry of the applicant company in the commercial 
    register or a certified copy of the certificate of incorporation, which includes the 
    name, address, nationality, legal status and profession or nature of the business of 
    the applicant, legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate.
  5. A certified copy of the priority document must be submitted within six months in 
    case it is claimed.

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. A power of attorney legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate.
  2. The number and date of registered trademark/service mark.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. A power of attorney signed by the assignee and legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate. 
  2. An extract of the entry of the assignee company in the commercial register or a 
    certified copy of the certificate of incorporation legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate.
  3. A legalized deed of assignment duly singed by both parties and legalized up to the 
    Egyptian Consulate. 
  4. Name, address, nationality, legal status and profession or nature of business of the assignee.

License Recordal Requirements

  1. A legalized license agreement by the Egyptian Consulate. 
  2. A power of attorney by the licensee and licensor legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate. 
  3. An extract of the entry of the licensee company in the commercial register, or a 
    certified copy of the certificate of incorporation legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate. 
  4. The name, address, nationality, and profession or nature of business of the 
    licensee. For patent applications, the applicant company must submit an extract 
    from the Commercial Register or the certificate of incorporation, legalized up to 
    the Egyptian Consulate. 

Change of Name/Address Requirements

  1. A power of attorney legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate. 
  2. A certified certificate of the change of name or address. For patent applications, 
    the applicant company must submit certificate of the change of name or address 
    legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate.

 

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