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Firms To Watch: Intellectual property

Shield Advocates - Al Hawy & Hassane‘s IP team is led by the highly experienced Hassane El Sheref, whose practice spans trade marks, trade secrets, industrial designs, patents, copyrights, and literary and artistic works.

Intellectual property in Egypt

El-Saghir Law Firm

The intellectual property group at El-Saghir Law Firm is ‘a robust team which includes several generations of outstanding and highly skilled lawyers’, covering the full spectrum of complex copyright, trade mark, plant breeders’ rights, and internet-related IP matters, and unfair competition issues. The practice is particularly strong in the field of patent litigation, with a fantastic track record of representing clients in infringement, licensing and validity cases. Salah Ismaiel leads the litigation offering and brings strong expertise in the pharmaceutical sector, while Ahmed El-Saghir is head of the companies, commercial and IP team. Yasser Omar Amine is also a leading presence and regularly advises on complex issues related to copyrights, patents, plant varieties and trade marks. Hossam A. El-Saghir remains a key figure in the practice with significant expertise in patent, plant variety and biodiversity matters.

Practice head(s):

Salah Ismaiel; Ahmed El-Saghir; Yasser Omar Amine

Other key lawyers:

Hossam A. El-Saghir


‘It is a robust team, which includes several generations of outstanding and highly skilled lawyers.’

‘The high degree of specialisation makes it an ideal team to which to entrust any IP matter.’

‘Hossam El-Saghir and Ahmed El-Saghir were both excellent in their assessment and approach to the case.’

Eldib & Co

Eldib & Co comprises a team of specialists with ‘vast experience related to different IP matters‘, with the practice divided into four distinct sub-departments focusing on trade mark, patent and copyright prosecution, as well as brand protection. Contentious IP specialist Dina Eldib is a trusted advisor to a wide range of clients from multinationals to start-ups, spanning a broad array of sectors that includes fashion, consumer goods and technology. Marwan Eissa is another key member of the practice, having been promoted to partner and director of brand protection in January 2023. Senior associate Passant Abaza is building a strong reputation for her expertise in trade mark and patent enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Dina Eldib

Other key lawyers:

Marwan Eissa; Passant Abaza


‘Eldib & Co’s lawyers are very professional and have great integrity. They have vast experience related to different IP matters and have the capabilities to solve problems. The firm has a great reputation.’

‘The most important factor is the team’s ethics and integrity. They are active and have the passion to act against counterfeit product dealers.’

‘I work with Dina Eldib, who has always been one of the most responsive lawyers in the region. She provides timely, practical advice.’

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

The ‘meticulous and professional’ IP team at Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law regularly advises major local and multinational clients on complex patents, utility models, trade marks, industrial designs, copyrights and authorship rights. Head of litigation Omar Abou Elenain leads the offering, overseeing a practice which remains highly active across all litigation, licensing, registration and transactional issues. He is well supported by senior associate Hosny Danial, who offers substantial expertise in patent law.

Practice head(s):

Omar Abou Elenain

Other key lawyers:

Hosny Danial


‘The team are outstanding – they cover all business related matters, even if they are outside of their direct scope.’

‘The team is very meticulous and professional. They get the job done promptly at a very reasonable cost.’

‘Hosny Danial is an outstanding attorney. He is very competent, delightful to work with, and knowledgeable.’

‘The team offers exceptional support by providing comprehensive explanations for your IP-related questions that are both clear and ensure you don’t feel disoriented.’

‘The trade mark team are incredibly supportive, and always eager to guide you through various processes and requirements.’

Key clients

Kandil Industries

Pacific Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd

SSLegal & Management Consultancy FZ-LLE

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Eveready Battery Company, Inc.

Vodafone Egypt Telecom SAE

Oasis Medical Clinics SAE

Misr Spain Textiles and Blankets SAE

Rotam Agrochemical Limited

Tai E International Patent & Law Office

The American University in Cairo (AUC)

Assiut Cement Company SAE

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 SA.

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 SAE

Jarir Marketing

Al Rifai Nuts & Confectionary

Aromatco SAE

Abercrombie & Kent Egypt for Tourism SAE

Burgan Bank

Fawry for Banks and Electronic Payments Technology SAE

Johnson Wax Limited

Ms. Nataly Youssef

Flying Horse Electronics (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.

Mr. Matthew Bolsover; Solicitor

Lactuel Cosmetics SA.

Ismailia For Real Estate SAE

International Fairs Projects Egypt (IFP) SAE


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 SAE & Network International Egypt SAE

Zasio Enterprises, Inc.

Empire International SAL

MVMT Watches Inc.

9 Round Franchising LLC

Capital Group Properties

Madinet Nasr for Housing & Development (MNHD)

Qatari Diar (Previously Barwa)

Hero AG

King Point Enterprise Co. Ltd.

Champion Intellectual Property Management Limited

Azmi & Associates

Egypt Otsuka SAE

The Room

Givrex CO.

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

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


Work highlights

  • Representing Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream in an appeal against the Egyptian Trademark Office contesting the decision to reject the registration of a trade mark.
  • Representing Montblanc in an appeal contesting the decision by the Egyptian Trademark Office to reject the registration of a trade mark.
  • Representing Global Auto in an appeal against the Egyptian Trademark Office, contesting the decision rejecting the registration of a trade mark.

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

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) has a long-established reputation in the Egyptian market for representing leading multinationals in all aspects of the acquisition, protection, enforcement and exploitation of their IP rights. Leading the corporate and commercial group and heading the IP team is Ghada El Ehwany, who has a diverse span of sector-specific expertise, including automotive, financial services, consumer goods, technology and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

With extensive expertise across both contentious and transactional areas of IP law, Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy is known for its strength in a number of key sectors of the Egyptian economy, spanning agriculture, software development, food and beverages, electronics and renewables. Legal director Menna Elsherif has a strong track record for IP prosecution, as well as experience of handling due diligence on trade mark, patent, copyright and industrial design matters. She co-heads the practice with Omar Bassiouny and Tamer El Hennawy.

Practice head(s):

Menna Elsherif; Omar Bassiouny; Tamer El Hennawy

Key clients

Al-Ahram Beverages Company

Blink Finance

Gianaclis Vineyards Company

Zed Sports Investments

Ora Developers Egypt for Real Estate Investments

Zed Entertainment

Zed for North Coast Development

Arqaam Capital Holding

Halan for Technologies and Services

Work highlights

  • Representing Blink Finance as the IP agent and assisting the client with the registration of its brand portfolio in Egypt.
  • Acting as the IP counsel to Gianaclis Vineyards Company on all IP-related matters, including the trade mark prosecution and portfolio management of over 500 trade mark applications filed in the name of the company.
  • Acting as IP counsel to Halan for Information and Technologies on all IP-related matters, including obtaining all necessary operational licences for carrying out information technology services, and the registration of its mobile application and computer programme in addition to trade mark prosecution and portfolio management.

Shalakany Law Office

Shalakany Law Office’s IP group is a trusted advisor to numerous multinational corporations, in addition to individual inventors, authors and other owners of creative works. The client variety is mirrored in the breadth of expertise that the practice offers, with patents, trade marks, copyright, trade secrets, and IP litigation considered key areas of strength. Practice head Sharif Shihata has considerable expertise in contentious IP matters, as well as experience of drafting and negotiating distribution, franchise, agency and licensing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Sharif Shihata

Al Kamel Law Firm

In addition to traditional trade mark registration work, the IP team at Al Kamel Law Firm continues to expand its expertise into complex infringement cases, industrial design matters and trademark-related commercial issues. Mohamed Kamel and Sayed Ammar are leading figures within the practice, which also has solid experience in the review and drafting of complex licence, franchise and distribution agreements.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel; Sayed Ammar

Key clients

Franklin Covey



Beck Greener

City Stars

Infinity Group of companies


Diversey Inc.


Art D’ Egypte

Al- Sunbulah

Premiere Food Services

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company’s ‘international trade mark registration service is second to none’. The Dubai-based IP practice draws support from the firm’s prominent specialists in employment, corporate, property, IT and litigation to provide a full-service offering. Omar Obeidat heads the practice and is a respected authority for IP portfolio management, advisory and enforcement work, while Rasha Al Ardah leads on the IP transactions side and has advised on complex IP issues relating to IPOs, joint ventures and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Omar Obeidat; Rasha Al Ardah; Ahmed Saleh


‘Al Tamimi & Company’s international trade mark registration service is second to none. The team is highly experienced and knowledgeable, and they are always willing to go the extra mile to help their clients. Their great team of lawyers was very helpful in taking decisions.’

‘Al Tamimi & Company has a global network of offices, which means that they can help clients to register their trade marks in any country in the world.’

‘Al Tamimi & Company’s lawyers are experts in trade mark law, and they have a deep understanding of the different trade mark registration requirements in different countries.’

Key clients

Bayer Group





Legrand France/Bticino S.p.A.

Christian Dior

Dassault Systèmes


Lenovo PC HK



Christian Louboutin

Al Rifaie Nuts

Azza Fahmy

MBC Group



Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S


Al Futaim Group

Marghany Advocates

Marghany Advocates continues to expand its Egyptian IP offering, including the addition of certified patent registration agent Hussein Al-Qassem in late 2022. Amir Marghany and Hend El-Hakim are also leading figures within the practice.

Practice head(s):

Amir Marghany; Hend El-Hakim

Other key lawyers:

Hussein Al-Qassem

Key clients


Amr El Serafy





Work highlights

  • Advised TMtm on various licensing deals for its artists.
  • Successfully represented RED in an IP dispute.
  • Advised TicketsMarche on its IP licences.