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Intellectual property in Egypt

El-Saghir Law Firm

El-Saghir Law Firm offers a wide spectrum of IP services to clients on a local, regional and multinational level. Patent litigation is a key area of expertise for the firm, along with internet-related IP matters, unfair competition issues, copyrights, trademarks and plant breeders’ rights. The team is active across a number of sectors, with a special focus on the pharmaceuticals and fine arts sectors. Salah Ismaiel is head of litigation and regularly represents multinational corporations in the pharmaceuticals sector. Ahmed El-Saghir serves as head of companies, commercial and IP matters, with over 20 years of experience in IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Salah Ismaiel; Ahmed El-Saghir; Yasser Omar Amine


Other key lawyers:

Hossam El-Saghir


Work highlights


  • Representing one of the leading Egyptian companies, El-Araby Group, in a dispute against Toshiba Lifestyle for its refusal to renew a trademark licensing and transfer of technology agreement previously concluded between both parties.
  • Advised IFB Egypt for exhibitions and event management services in connection with the protection and enforcement of its trademark. It has represented IFB Egypt before the Trademark Office in connection with a trademark protection request, and before the Economic Courts where we succeeded in the issuance of an injunction.
  • Represented Engineer Mahmoud Mohamed Fahim Mahrous before the Court of Cassation, challenging the decision of the Economic Court in the Case No. 496 for the judicial year 11. The Economic Court had refused the Claimant’s request for damages against the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation for exploiting his petroleum condenser, an invention patented in Egypt.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law has a strong track record of IP protection work on behalf of local and multinational clients. The firm provides consultations and undertakes enforcement actions at all levels and forms, including litigation, licensing, registration and transactional support. Omar Abou Elenain leads as an expert in all forms of litigation, with a particular focus on commercial and civil contracts. Senior associate Mohamed Kassem is a key part of the team, providing advice regarding counterfeiters and trademark infringement.

Practice head(s):

Omar Abou Elenain


Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Kassem


Testimonials

‘The firm serves us with a simple way of making things to be as precise as it can be. This assist us to avoid on the jargon of complexity in dealing with the foreign laws.’

‘We work with Mr Kassem. He is a simple word attorney who get his work done in timely and good manner.’

‘Dealing with Zaki Hashem & Partners in Egypt is quite impressing and big relief for us especially when it comes to process and execution of services related to IP registration in general. Knowing how complicated and slow progress of similar services in the country, we can’t but appreciate their swift follow up, prompt update for all business/services we do require through their office.’

‘Mohamed Kassem, our contact person in the company is a pleasant person to deal with. He spare no efforts to assist us and ensure that our business needs are met in an efficient and prompt manner. We would recommend approaching him should you have any IP services required in Egypt.’

Key clients

kandil Industries


Pacific Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd


SSLegal & Management Consultancy FZ-LLE


Colgate-Palmolive Company


Eveready Battery Company, Inc.


Vodafone Egypt Telecom S.A.E.


Oasis Medical Clinics S.A.E.


Misr Spain Textiles and Blankets S.A.E.


Rotam Agrochemical Limited


Tai E International Patent & Law Office


The American University in Cairo (AUC)


Cement Assiut S.A.E.


Bawabat Al Sharq Al Qahira Al Gadedah (formerly Barwa New Cairo for 5Real Estate)


Tawfeer Ventures Limited


Professional Development Foundation (PDF)


Thompson Coburn, LLB


Tivoli Heliopolis S.A.E.


Anvirally & Sons Limited


ARB Corporation


Bemis Company, Inc.


Shangri-La Hotel Management Limited


Wilmar International Limited


GTB Holding LLC


GoldToeMoretz, LLC


Horus For Foams Manufacturing S.A.E.


Jarir Marketing


Al Rifai Nuts & Confectionary


Aromatco S.A.E.


Abercrombie & Kent Egypt for Tourism S.A.E.


Burgan Bank


Fawry for Banks and Electronic Payments Technology S.A.E.


Johnson Wax Limited


Ms. Nataly Youssef


Flying Horse Electronics (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.


Mr. Matthew Bolsover; Solicitor


Lactuel Cosmetics S.A.E.


Mohamed Shady


Ismailia For Real Estate S.A.E.


International Fairs Projects Egypt (IFP) S.A.E.


APTOS LLC


Ms. Sabrine Hossamy


Merck Limited


Upstream S.A


Damas UAE


Hikma Pharmaceuticals Egypt Ltd


Applied DB Industrial Co. Ltd


Majid Al Futtaim Properties


Tender Corporation


Landmark Gulf Group


Shandong Sino-Agri United Biotechnology Co., Ltd.


Beltone Private Equity (BPE)


Cemex


Dennemeyer & Co., LLC


Lafourche LLC


Conrad International Egypt Corporation


Emerging Markets Payments Africa S.A.E & Network International Egypt, S.A.E. (among other companies within the Group)


Zasio Enterprises, Inc.


Daudpota International


Empire International SAL


MVMT Watches Inc.


Crystal Lagoons B.V


9 Round Franchising LLC


Capital Group Properties


Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD)


Qatari Diar (Previously Barwa)


Facebook, Inc.


Hero AG


King Point Enterprise Co. Ltd.


Champion Intellectual Property Management Limited


Azmi & Associates


Egypt Otsuka S.A.E.


The Room


Givrex CO.


Maximum Stores Egypt (The Second Cup Coffee Company Inc.)


Sullivan & Cromwell LLP (Washington, D.C.)


Patentwire (Intellectual Property Attorneys)


Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) offers a full service IP team with considerable experience at a domestic and international level. In particular, the team offers a robust brand management offering, accompanied by an expertise in IP disputes, patents and anti-counterfeit matters. Ghada El Ehwany leads the team as well as the corporate and commercial practice group, with experience handling corporate and commercial matters across Africa and the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany


Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Elfar


Testimonials

‘Their knowledge and collaboration is an asset.’

‘They are very collaborative and punctual.’

‘They have a good understanding of local laws, their team is fully capacitated to handle multiple instructions.’

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

In addition to more conventional IP prosecution matters, the department at Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is especially skilled at handling the transactional aspect of IP mandates. The team also supports on various due diligence exercises and works heavily in the agricultural products, software developments, food & beverage and electronics sectors. Legal director Menna Elsherif is a key member of the team who acts on a number of major prosecutions and transactions before local and international entities.

Practice head(s):

Omar Bassiouny; Tamer El Hennawy; Menna Elsherif


Other key lawyers:

Salma El Refaie


Key clients

Al-Ahram Beverages Company


Netflix


Sony Pictures


Dentsu MEA


Blink Finance


Gianaclis Vineyards Company


Zed Sports Investments


Zed Entertainment


Zed for North Coast Development


Ora Developers Egypt for real estate investments


Work highlights


  • Advised Saudi Media Research Group on several Copyright related matters including the acquisition of copyrights, drafting of licensing and assignment agreements, etc.
  • Advised Sony Pictures on the legal dispute over the brand “Shark Tank” which has been associated for years with the American hit show which first aired back in 2009 against an educational institution which attempted to register the brand in Egypt in their name.
  • Representing Al-Ahram Beverages against an Egyptian trademark infringer where the team’s watch service department managed to block several registrations at the opposition phase, in cooperation with the dispute resolution department which successfully handled several legal steps against this infringer and obtained favourable court judgements against the infringer.

Shalakany Law Office

The IP lawyers at Shalakany Law Office offer support to a variety of clients, ranging from multinational corporations to individual inventors. Portfolio management and IP protection are key areas for the firm, as well as patent filing, trade secrets, IP litigation and breeding rights. Sharif Shihata leads the IP department, providing support to emerging and established businesses on a range of IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata


Other key lawyers:

Mahmoud El Omdah


Al Kamel Law Firm

Al Kamel Law Firm is experienced in the field of registering trademarks and has recently expanded its offering to include trademark infringement, IP rights, industrial designs and trademark-related commercial issues. Additionally, the firm is active in the field of IP litigation. Mohamed Kamel and Sayed Ammar are key points of contact on the team.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel; Sayed Ammar


Other key lawyers:

Ayman Khatib


Testimonials

‘The team is fully dedicated and exert utmost efforts in providing the right advice. The diversity of the team’s experience makes any advise well studied from all angles.’

Al Tamimi & Company

With a strong presence across Africa and the Middle East, Al Tamimi & Company‘s IP team supports a variety of blue-chip clients on their dealings in the region. In particular, the group frequently supports clients with trademark prosecution, patents, IP audits, labelling and standards compliance and agriculture and plant variety. While team leadership is based in the UAE, there are a number of prominent associates based in Egypt, including Dina Amer and Abdelrahman Helmi.


Practice head(s):

Omar Obeidat; Ahmad Saleh


Key clients

Amazon


Netflix


Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”)


Car Freshener Corp


Dassault Systems


Lenovo PC HK


3M Inc.


Azza Fahmy


Benefex


TCT Telecommunication


Okthein


Al Futaim Group


Beiersdorf AG


MBC Group


Marghany Advocates

Marghany Advocates assists a number of major Egyptian clients on a range of IP matters, most notably in regard to IP registration and franchise agreements, often on an international level. Key points of contact on the team are Amir Marghany and Hend El-Hakim.

Practice head(s):

Amir Marghany


Other key lawyers:

Hend El-Hakim


Key clients

BioStyle


GCM


Badr


Shaey Gaafar


Haael Saeed Group


EL Coach Technologies


NAL & Partners

As a specialist firm, NAL & Partners handles all issues relating to IP across a number of industries. In particular, the team’s services include registration and acquisition, IP strategy, portfolio management, audits and litigation. Enforcement work is another important area for the firm, especially criminal cases involving counterfeit goods. Key points of contact within the team are Nermien Alali, Khaled Kamal and Hazem Anas.

Practice head(s):

Nermien Alali; Khaled Kamal; Hazem Anas


Other key lawyers:

Mahmoud Abdel Salam


Key clients

Apple


Boerhinger Ingelheim


Damas Jewelry


MAF Entertainment and Leisure


Marai


Meeza


Mercke Sharpe & Dohme


Organon Pharmaceuticals


Pepsico


Skechers


Sun World International


Tiger


Vodafone


Columbia Sportswear


Work highlights


  • Assisted the client in a series of injunctions to uncover and seize unauthorized grape vines infringing on protected grapes plant varieties of Sun World International. Court appointed experts and enforcement officers were able to seize the samples and confirm the infringement, resulting in reducing the area of infringing products and the export of the unauthorized produce. This was a major milestone for the Client and the Egyptian judiciary and agricultural sector.
  • Supported Jumiera International in being awarded a judgment against a major real estate developer in Egypt that was riding on the fame of the JUMEIRA mark and marketed Jumiera Bay vacation houses at Ras El Hikma.