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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


‘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.


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)


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


‘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


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


‘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



Fédération Internationale de Football Association (“FIFA”)

Car Freshener Corp

Dassault Systems

Lenovo PC HK

3M Inc.

Azza Fahmy


TCT Telecommunication


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




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


Boerhinger Ingelheim

Damas Jewelry

MAF Entertainment and Leisure



Mercke Sharpe & Dohme

Organon Pharmaceuticals



Sun World International



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.