Registering a trademark in Egypt is a process that involves conducting a preliminary search, filing an application, undergoing examination by the Egyptian Patent Office, and waiting for the publication and potential opposition period. If successful, the registration of your trademark will give you exclusive rights to use it in Egypt for 10 years, renewable indefinitely. By following this guide and using the resources provided, you can take the necessary steps to protect your brand in Egypt. Make sure to adhere to the requirements and guidelines to ensure a smooth registration process.
The first step is to conduct a preliminary search to ensure that your proposed trademark is not identical or similar to an existing one. The Egyptian Patent Office provides a database for this search. You can access the database at this link: http://www.egypo.gov.eg/
If the search does not reveal any conflicting trademarks, the next step is to file an application with the Egyptian Patent Office. The application must include a clear representation of the trademark and a list of goods or services to be covered by the trademark.
Patent Office Upon receiving the application, the Egyptian Patent Office will review it to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Trademark Law. They will also determine whether the proposed trademark infringes upon any existing trademarks.
Once your application passes the examination, it will be published in the Official Gazette. This is to allow third parties the opportunity to oppose the registration of the trademark. The opposition period lasts for 60 days from the date of publication.
If no opposition is filed, or if any opposition is resolved in favor of the applicant, the Egyptian Patent Office will proceed with the registration of the trademark. Upon successful registration, the applicant will receive a certificate of registration.
The official fee for filing a trademark application is approximately EGP 3,500 (as of 2023). If the application is successful, there is an additional fee for the issuance of the registration certificate. Please note that these fees are subject to change and it's recommended to check the latest fees on the Egyptian Patent Office website.
The entire process, from application to registration, typically takes between 12 to 18 months, provided that there are no objections or oppositions.
Egyptian Patent Office: http://www.egypo.gov.eg/