DESIGNS & INDUSTRIAL MODELS

DESIGNS & INDUSTRIAL MODELS

Filing Registration of Designs and industrial models

Designs and industrial models are protected in Egypt through registration with the competent office. The International Classification for Industrial Designs under the Locarno Agreement is applied in Egypt. A registration is effective with novelty examination.

A design or an industrial model registration is valid for 10 years starting from the date of filing the application. A registration can be renewed once for further 5 years. A registration of a design or an industrial model is subject to cancellation in the event any interested party requests such a cancellation before the competent tribunal, on the grounds that the subject design or industrial model was not novel at the time of filing the relevant application. The registration, assignment and cancellation of design and industrial model registrations are published in the Official Gazette and entered in the register.

Opposition of the registration of an industrial design is permitted by Intellectual Property Law No. 82 of 2002, and can be submitted within 2 months from the publication date of the industrial design.

The Trade Registry Department may, when public interest so requires and subject to the approval of a ministerial committee established by a decision of the Prime Minister upon submission of the competent minister, issue an exclusive license for the exploitation of the protected industrial design against fair competition.

Any infringement or unauthorized use of a registered design or industrial model is punishable under the current law.

Filing Requirements of Design Applications

  1. A Power of Attorney legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate.
  2. Four representations (photographs or drawings) of the design or model on good quality paper of size 33×21 cm.
  3. A legalized extract of the entry of the applicant company in the Commercial Register, or a legalized copy of the certificate of incorporation; which includes the name, address, nationality, legal status and profession or nature of business of the applicant.
  4. A certified copy of the priority document for a convention application. All documents must be available within three months from the filing date.

 

License Applications 

  1. A legalized license agreement by the Egyptian Consulate.
  2. A Power of Attorney by the licensee and the 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 design 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 Applications

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