Egypt is the largest country in the Arab world and IP protection here is vital for companies devising their regional brand strategies. The Egyptian Trademarks and Industrial Designs Office recently announced an increase in official fees for trademark applications, which became effective on October 15 2017. This will affect all new applications, as well as those for which fees have not yet been paid.
- Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property
- Helmy, Hamza & Partners (a member of Baker McKenzie International)
- Attiat Ismail IP
- Eldib Advocates
- SABA Intellectual Property
Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property
Virtually no other firm knows as much about protecting IP rights in the Middle East as Abu-Ghazaleh. It has been influential in the development of the region’s IP systems and as a consequence, has the most intimate knowledge of how they operate. Its Cairo office is part of a sprawling network of branches which extends beyond the Arab nations into Afghanistan, China, Cyprus, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey; in spite of this geographic spread, there is extensive and close cooperation between teams across the world.
Attiat Ismail IP
Attiat Ismail IP is a safe pair of hands for anything brand related in Egypt, whether it is a complex piece of trademark infringement litigation, a licensing matter or a more routine portfolio management task. Founding partner Attiat Ismail provides clients with an efficient, cost-effective and personal service. Her three-plus decades of experience give her clients an added layer of comfort.
A reputable full-service firm, Eldib Advocates has a well-established foundation in intellectual property and expertise encompassing the acquisition and commercialisation of trademarks and other rights. It is also a confident performer in court, representing clients on both sides of the ‘v’. There are plenty of individuals ready to respond to queries; many of these practise in commercial law and can therefore dispense IP advice with a distinctive business twist.
Helmy, Hamza & Partners (a member of Baker McKenzie International)
Helmy, Hamza & Partners is one of the most sophisticated law firms in Egypt. It offers a broad spectrum of IP services and provides gold-standard guidance across the contentious/non-contentious divide domestically and, as a Baker McKenzie member, globally, too. Anti-counterfeiting is a particularly happy hunting ground for the squad, which can organise lightning-quick raids thanks to its close relations with government authorities. Managing partner Mohamad Talaat is based in Cairo and handles complex infringement issues for marquee pharmaceutical and electronics companies.
SABA Intellectual Property
This award-winning outfit is a destination of choice for international brand owners looking to put Middle Eastern IP safeguards in place. Focusing on maximising the quality of protection it can obtain and on how clients can make commercial gains from their IP investments, it offers a grade-A service. Companies who wish to enforce their rights also find ready and able practitioners at SABA.