Egypt

Aware of the jurisdiction’s criticality to brand owners seeking IP security throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the Egyptian government is seeking to tackle the counterfeiting trade by simplifying its legislation and pushing for more frequent raids. New laws and amendments have also been issued in order to expedite the litigation process. In another positive step for IP stakeholders, the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade has inaugurated the use of geographical indications, which should help to protect local value and enhance the country’s export productivity.

Firms

  • Highly recommended
  • Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Recommended
  • Al Tamimi & Company
  • Attiat Ismail IP
  • Cedar White Bradley IP LLC
  • Eldib & Co
  • NAL & Partners
  • Saba & Co Intellectual Property

Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property

Abu-Ghazaleh is scarcely rivalled in terms of the quality and scale of its IP operations throughout the Arab world. Working in cooperation with sister company TAG Legal – itself a network of more than 400 professionals – it has a rich history of contributing to the development of regional IP laws and systems; this insider insight helps it to make all the right trademark protection and portfolio moves. Local office manager Tarek Al-Khatib is a trusted point of contact for brand owners.

Al Tamimi & Company

Commercial law outfit Al Tamimi & Company has 450 legal professionals spread across nine countries, making it a smart choice for clients with cross-border legal needs and business interests. Ideally equipped to deal with the most complicated trademark mandates, it leverages deep regional know-how to provide consistently on-point advice and meaningful strategic insight.

Attiat Ismail IP

Founded in 2014 by seasoned lawyer Attiat Ismail, this boutique takes a modern, dynamic approach to practice, which resonates with rights holders. Its bespoke, cost-effective support package covers the full range of trademark services; prosecution and portfolio management instructions are carried out with poise, while litigation is handled confidently and efficiently.

Baker McKenzie

Deeply embedded within the Egyptian market, Helmy Hamza & Partners also has an unrivalled grasp of the global trademark landscape, as a member of Baker McKenzie. Working collaboratively with international colleagues, its 45-strong bench carries out routine and complex brand-related tasks with minimum fuss and maximum results. In Cairo, infringement litigation is particular forte, alongside IP monetisation and transactions. Samir Hamza and Mohamed Mourad are the names to note.

Cedar White Bradley IP LLC

“Whether filing applications, acting in complex trademark disputes or overseeing tricky prosecution, Cedar White Bradley’s Egyptian team is thorough in its analysis, research, recommendations and representation.” Its “responsive and thoughtful professionals really go the extra mile for clients”, including some of the world’s best-known brands. “The firm is head and shoulders above the competition in the jurisdiction, particularly when it comes to contentious matters.” Managing partner Hazem Wahba is the person to call when litigation threatens.

Eldib & Co

Over many decades, the solutions-oriented Eldib & Co has established itself as a beacon of reliability in the Egyptian legal market. The practitioners in its vibrant IP practice deploy diverse legal expertise to make business-savvy decisions in trademark management, enforcement and commercialisation scenarios. Managing partner Hisham Eldib is a key contact for the address book.

NAL & Partners

A full-service firm with a bias towards intellectual property, NAL & Partners is well positioned to service the full legal needs of any brand owner. The IP group offers a comprehensive menu of trademark services, but is especially strong in anti-counterfeiting; its alert and decisive lawyers waste no time in eliminating fakes from the market.

Saba & Co Intellectual Property

A repository of trust for the adroit handling of both day-to-day and more complex trademark matters, the venerable Saba & Co is a key regional port of call for many marquee brands. In Egypt, the team maintains close working relationships with local examiners and can delivers robust trademark protection without delay; and when disputes arise, it always stands ready with solutions. Recent highlights for the group include representing LEGO and Shake Shack in oppositions.