Registered Designs

 Membership of International Conventions:

  • Paris Convention (from 6 March 1975)
  • WIPO (from 21 April 1975)
  • Hague Agreement (from 27 August 2004)

Types of Designs available:

  • Industrial Design

Novelty requirements:

An Industrial design or model is not considered novel if:

  • It has been displayed, described or the uses thereof are described to the public prior to the date of filing of the application for registration thereof. However, the industrial design or model shall still be considered novel, if the description or display thereof has been made after the application for the registration thereof in a Member State of the World Trade Organization (WTO), or in a country that treats Egypt on reciprocal basis, or if such is displayed in national or international exhibitions, or the industrial design or model has been made public in a conference or in scientific Journals within a period not exceeding six months prior to the date of the application for the registration in the Arab Republic of Egypt.
  • If it was not essentially different from a prior industrial design or if it was intended for another kind of product different from those of the previously registered industrial design.

Registrability:

An industrial design is any composition of lines or any three-dimensional form whether or not associated with colours provided that such composition or form gives a special appearance of novelty and is industrially applicable.

The following industrial designs or models are not registrable:-

  • Designs whose shape is basically due to the technical or functional requirements of the product.
  • Designs that include emblems, religious symbols, stamps or flags of Egypt or other states, or the use of which may undermine public order or offend public morality.
  • Designs, which are identical, similar or closely resemble a registered trade mark or a well-known mark.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of attorney, legalised up to the Egyptian Consulate (can be late filed within six months).
  • If applicant is a company, either a certified extract of the applicant’s entry in the Commercial Register or a certified copy of the applicant’s Certificate of Incorporation (including the applicant’s address), duly legalised up to Egyptian Consulate level (can be late filed within six months).
  • Assignment of design and priority rights, legalised up to the Egyptian Consulate (can be late filed within six months) (This document is only needed if the priority documents were filed in the name of the inventors).
  • Drawings or photographs of the design (required on the day of filing).
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified (can be late filed within three months).
  • Description of the design (required on the day of filing), if not in Arabic, then Arabic translation must be filed with three months.

Deferred Publication:

Not possible

Substantive Examination:

Yes

Average Period from Application to Registration:

Twelve to eighteen months.

Duration and Renewal:

A registered design has an initial term of ten years from the filing date, which is extendible upon payment of renewal fees for a further term of five years.

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