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Intellectual property in Egypt

El-Saghir Law Firm

El-Saghir Law Firm  is outstanding in its degree of specialisation’, says a client about the firm’s IP practice, which is particularly well-known for its patent litigation experience. Besides that, it handles copyrights, trademarks, internet-related matters, and unfair competition, amongst others. The team has also established a niche of expertise within the area of plant breeder’s rights and the intersection of IP and biodiversity issues. A trio consisting of Salah Ismaiel, Ahmed El-Saghir and Yasser Omar Amine head the practice. Ismaiel deals with all matters litigation, while El-Saghir and Amine are responsible for consultations and contracts as well as registration and intellectual property rights, respectively. Hossam El-Saghir, founding partner of the firm, is also recommended for his IP expertise.

Practice head(s):

Salah Ismaiel; Ahmed El-Saghir; Yasser Omar Amine

Other key lawyers:

Hossam El-Saghir

Testimonials

‘El-Saghir Law Firm is outstanding in its degree of specialisation. This firm combines a wealth of experience in the industrial property sector with the youth and innovation of professionals who are very well acquainted with all the latest international developments.’

‘In the country, it is undoubtedly the most important local firm.’

‘Prof. Dr. Hossam El-Saghir is a professional of the highest standing. He is agile and understands the needs of companies very well. He is a perfect hinge between business and industrial property institutions.’

‘El-Saghir has always provided us with a fast service.’

‘Knowledgeable and very professional.’

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law is a well-known player in the area of IP and provides support to its clients on the full spectrum of related matters such as litigation, licensing, registration, and transactions. ‘Very knowledgeable and experienced’, says a client about the practice. Youssef Abou Zeid , head of the dispute resolution department, leads the team with extensive experience in both litigation and arbitration. The filing, prosecution, protection and registering of intellectual property rights falls into the expertise of Mohamed Kassem, who is also specialised in counterfeits and trademark infringements.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Kassem

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced in all legal maters related to IP.’

‘Mohamed Kassem is very professional and provides timely legal service.’

‘High end service with professional team. Everything was smoothly done with the project.’

‘We were always updated and aligned on the process and steps. Everything was much easier than any other firm by far.’

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)

Work highlights

  • Representing the American University in Cairo in the case filed by the heirs of the late Naguib Mahfouz, novelist and nobel prize winner.
  • Representing Tivoli Heliopolis for touristic development in its appeal against the Egyptian Emirates Company for Touristic Establishments to stop using the trademark ‘ARMADA’.

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company’s IT department offers clients extensive services in IP, acting for high-profile companies in multiple jurisdictions in contentious and non-contentious matters. Specialisations include managing complex trademark portfolios and assisting in enforcements and anti-counterfeiting processes. While the practice is led from the UAE, senior associate Abdelrahman Helmi  is based in the firm's Cairo office. Helmi is experienced in infringement cases, trademark disputes and setting IP protection strategies.

Other key lawyers:

Abdelrahman Helmi

Key clients

Amazon

Netflix

Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”)

Car Freshener Corp

Dassault Systems

Lenovo PC HK

3M Inc.

Benefex

TCT Telecommunication

Al Futaim Group

Beiersdorf AG

MBC Group

Work highlights

  • Advising 3M Inc. on conducting investigations on a retailer that sells counterfeit products branded with the 3M Inc. trademark.
  • Representing MBC IP FZ LLC and handling their trademark and copyright portfolio in Egypt.
  • Representing Okhtein Holding, the leading Egyptian brand in relation to trademarks and designs registration for the company and carrying out assignment of IP in Egypt.

Eldib & Co

The IP department of Eldib & Co counts a host of global companies to its client roster, for which it advises in four different sub-departments: trademark prosecution, patent and industrial design prosecution, copyright prosecution and recordals, as well as brand protection. Dina Eldib heads the practice and has specialisations in intellectual property prosecution, brand protection, and litigation with a specific focus on North Africa. Mostafa Eissa handles patent registration and assists clients with securing intellectual property rights in national and international contexts.

Practice head(s):

Dina Eldib

Other key lawyers:

Mostafa Eissa

Testimonials

‘I have known of the Eldib & Co team for many years and have instructed them while at my previous firms, and also my current firm. In a jurisdiction where it can often be difficult to find appropriate counsel for contentious matters, we have found it very easy to work with the Eldib team. Our decision to instruct Eldib for a series of contentious matters, in place of the existing Egyptian counsel, has been one that has been well-rewarded by successful outcomes. Overall, the focus on client needs and with a commercial view as to the budgetary and time pressures that brand owners face has meant that Eldib stand out.’

‘Dina Eldib has been excellent. I have found her to be very commercially focused and with a view to client service. In recent matters, where we have instructed Dina to take over proceedings from the existing Egyptian counsel, we have found the service to be second to none.’

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

The IP practice at Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) has particular strengths in the enforcement of IP rights. Combating privacy, trademark and copyright infringement, and technology transfers constitute further areas of expertise of the team led by Ghada El Ehwany. The firm’s embedding into the global Baker McKenzie structure allows it to access a vast network across multiple jurisdictions. El Ehwany is experienced in assisting clients at the intersection of IP with TMT as well as corporate and commercial. Associate Milad Fayez covers matters related to dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Other key lawyers:

Milad Fayez

Work highlights

  • Advising the defendant, an American online video sharing platform in connection with a lawsuit filed by a leading exporting company requesting the suspension of the screening of two Egyptian movies and an Egyptian play which are copyright protected on the client’s web channel and requesting the seizer on any revenue collected from the show.
  • Acting for an Egyptian real estate company regarding a trademark infringement matter.
  • Advising a Media company, the defendant, in connection with the case filed by a company requesting the suspension of broadcasting an artist’s song on the radio channel and on youtube, requesting the seizer on any revenue collected from the show and requesting a compensation. A judgment has been issued in favour of our client.

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy advises clients on a host of IP-related issues, especially in regard to the sale and acquisition of intellectual property. Additionally, the team is also experienced in handling due diligences, trademark portfolios and applications, as well as infringement and enforcements. Omar Bassiouny, Tamer El Hennawy and Menna Elsherif are the key contacts, with the latter having vast experience in this field including handling licenses, plant varieties, copyrights, and industrial designs.

Practice head(s):

Omar Bassiouny; Tamer El Hennawy; Menna Elsherif

Key clients

Al-Ahram Beverages Company

Merichem

Transport for Cairo

Netflix

Sony pictures Television

Dentsu MEA

Blink Finance

Gianaclis vineyards Company

Zed sports Investments

Ora Developers Egypt for real estate investments

Zed Entertainment

Zed for north coast development

Prostacare for information technology

Work highlights

  • Assisting Al-Bahram Beverages Company in handling over five hundred trademark applications, in addition to the court cases relating the registration of trademarks and court cases filed to defend the rights of the client against the infringement of third parties.
  • Acting as the intellectual property consultant of Dentsu MEA by advising them on all their ongoing contractual arrangements with clients and service providers to ensure that their rights over their productions are protected, and that they are not infringing any rights of third parties.
  • Handling the trademark portfolios of Ora Developers Company and its affiliates, namely Zed Sports investments and Zed entertainment.

Shalakany Law Office

Trade secrets, breeding rights, and IP litigation are a few of the matters that the IP practice of Shalakany Law Office advises on. The firm further assists multinational companies on obtaining and protecting intellectual property and managing portfolios. Clients stem from various industries such as pharma, communication, consumer products, and entertainment. Sharif Shihata , Amal El Khafif and Mahmoud Shedid jointly lead the team, the latter is also the firm’s head of litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata; Mahmoud Shedid; Amal El Khafif

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Mohamed Nasser Law Firm

Mohamed Nasser Law Firm  advises clients in IP matters relating to enforcement, litigation, licensing, and registering of trademarks. Specialisations within the team include circuit design rights, supplementary protection certificates for pharmaceutical products, and database rights. Amr  Azzam heads the team, with managing partner Mohamed Nasser also being a key contact in this area.

Practice head(s):

Amr Azzam

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Nasser

Key clients

In Shape Medical Services S.A.E

Work highlights

  • Advising In Shape Medical Services S.A.E on the registration of trademarks before the Ministry of Commerce.