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Egyptian PCT national phase entry

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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with Egyptian PCT national phase entry as well as other patent fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Deadline for PCT national phase entry in Egypt

The time limit for entering the national phase of PCT in Egypt is 30 months from the priority date. The restoration of this term is not possible.

  • Filing requirements in Egypt

The official language of the Egyptian patent application is Arabic. If the patent application is filed in any other language other than Arabic, the Arabic translation should be submitted to the Patent Office within 6 months from entering the national phase.

To obtain the date of filing a PCT national phase patent application in Egypt should contain:
- a request to grant a patent;
- specification;
- proof of payment of the corresponding fees.

The legalization of the Power of Attorney up to the Egyptian Consulate in Arabic is required. It may be filed simultaneously or within 4 months from the date of national phase entry.

If the applicant is not the inventor, a Deed of Assignment, legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate should be filed with the application or within 4 months from filing date.

In case the applicant is a legal entity, an Extract from the commercial register or certified copy of the Certificate of incorporation, legalized up to the Egyptian Consulate should be submitted simultaneously or within 4 months after filing of the application.

  • Examination of a PCT national phase patent application in Egypt

The Egyptian patent applications are subject to formal and substantive examination. The official fee for carrying out the substantive examination should be paid within 6 months from filing the application.

  • Novelty grace period

The novelty of the invention is not disproved, if information about the invention was disclosed in a national exhibition held in Egypt or international exhibition within 6 months before the filing date.

  • Grant, validity term and maintenance fees

The official grant fee is not stipulated for the Egyptian patents. The validity term of Egyptian patents is 20 years from the filing date. Annual fees are due from the 2nd year and are payable in respect of pending applications. Late payment is possible within 1 year grace period by paying a corresponding surcharge.

  • Duration of registration procedure

It takes an average of 3 years from filing up to grant of a patent in Egypt.

  • Utility Model

It is possible to enter the national phase of a PCT application as a utility model, that is subject to formal examination only. The validity term of a utility model is 7 years from the filing date and may not be extended. The first annuity fee is paid in respect of pending application and is due from the 2nd year counting from the filing date. The procedure of obtaining utility model protection takes approximately 1-2 years.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

Foreign applicants must appoint an Egyptian registered patent attorney to represent them before the Patent Office.

  • Note

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Brief summary is based on the information provided by AHMED ALLAM IP LAW FIRM & ASSOCIATES on 23.05.2021
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with Egyptian IP Laws

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