Intellectual property in Egypt

El-Saghir Law Firm

El-Saghir Law Firm provides a full-service IP practice that covers patent litigation, copyrights, trade marks, plant breeders’ rights, internet-related IP matters, unfair competition issues and a wide range of corporate and commercial law issues for multinational, regional and local corporations.  The firm has unique experience in the field of plant varieties consultations and litigation, as well as the relationship between IP and biodiversity issues. Head of litigation Salah Ismaiel, head of contracts Ahmed El-Saghir and head of registration and IP rights Yasser Omar Amine are the lead partners. Founding partner Hossam A. El-Saghir is one of the market's standout practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Salah Ismaiel; Ahmed El-Saghir; Yasser Omar Amine

Other key lawyers:

Hossam A. El-Saghir

Testimonials

‘It is a law firm you can trust. It has great knowledge of business law and IP with the right expertise to generate confidence in a country we are not familiar with.’

‘Hossam El-Saghir is a person who quickly builds trust, both on a personal level and in terms of knowledge of the law and its application. His opinions are clear and well-founded and are tailored to the client’s needs.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a trade mark dispute before Cairo Economic Court.
  • Representing a claimant in a new type of lawsuit before the Administrative Court vs. the Minister of Agriculture and a very famous corporation to annul the Minster’s Decision to grant Plant Variety protection issued to the defendant.
  • Defended a well-known generic drug company against one of the largest pharmaceutical multinational corporations, against the allegation of an infringement of IP.

Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law

'In my view, it is one of the best firms dealing in IP', remarks a client of Zaki Hashem & Partners, Attorneys at Law. 'The firm is very cooperative and always responds in a timely manner whatever the need is', adds another. The firm frequently acts for high-profile multinational clients in IP litigation, licensing and registration, as well as providing support for large corporate transactions. Senior partner and head of dispute resolution Youssef Abou Zeid oversees the practice, in which senior associate Mohamed Kassem has 'the ability to predict issues and proactively resolve them'.

Practice head(s):

Youssef Abou Zeid

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Kassem

Testimonials

‘ZH&P is one of the oldest law firms in Egypt, undoubtedly it possesses experts in all fields of laws with wide exposure to all IP matters, from registration of a trade mark or patent though to protection thereof from any potential infringement. In my view, it is one of the best firms dealing in IP.’

‘The firm is very cooperative and always responds in a timely manner whatever the need is.’

‘Senior associate Mohamed Kassem is a very good lawyer specialising in IP issues, has good awareness and the ability to predict issues and proactively resolve them.’

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

Work highlights

  • Representing Tivoli Heliopolis for Touristic Development in its appeal against the Egyptian Emirates Company for Touristic Establishments to stop using the trademark “ARMADA”.

Al Kamel Law Office

'The team is very knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to providing the best expertise', says a client of Al Kamel Law Office. One of the leading firms in trade mark  registration, in which it has a track record spanning more than 25 years, the firm also handles litigation, commercial IP and the management of IP rights and industrial designs. Mohamed Kamel and patent attorney Sayed Ammar are the lead partners in a practice that increasingly advises on licensing, franchising and distribution agreements, as well as technology transfer contracts. Senior attorney Ayman Khatib is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Kamel; Sayed Ammar

Other key lawyers:

Ayman Khatib; Omar Abd El Salam

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to providing the best expertise on multiple sectors. Also, they are always available and close to their clients, especially when really needed.’

‘Their choice of associates is perfect and they are always innovative.’

‘When I am dealing with Sayed Amaar and Omar Abd El Salam they provide best-in-town advice based on their extensive experience with local laws. They are always backing their clients and available for their clients 24/7.’

Key clients

Franklin Covey

CYCLOFEM

Kiss Nail Production

Babcock and Wilcox

Papadopoulos

UB Group

Basic Net

IFC

Er- lac

Back Greener

American Engineering

City Stars

Palm Hills

Worckhardt Europe Limited

Tayas Chocolate Confectionery Inc

Durham Jones & Pinegar, P.C

Chemplex Automotive Group, Inc.

Yellow Pages

Cicero Hellas SA

Ted Lepidus

Valantino

Bavaria

Proctor & Gamble

Saint Gobain

Ferrero

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company has a large regional IP practice, in which the Cairo office plays a key role. The firm is frequently involved in high-profile matters in the Middle East, both contentious and commercial, on behalf of major global and regional brands. Its work encompasses trade mark prosecution, patents, domain names, IP audits, copyright enforcement and labelling compliance. The practice is led from the UAE, but experienced senior associate Abdelrahman Helmi  is based in Cairo. He has extensive experience in patent infringement cases and trade mark disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Abdelrahman Helmi

Key clients

Okhtein

PEO Partner

Danfoss

Work highlights

  • Handling PEO Partner’s IP portfolio and new software launch, including registration of their trade mark and software code developed for their Mobile Application launched on Play Store and Apple Store.
  • Representing Danfoss in enforcement action against several traders in the Egyptian market who deal in counterfeit products.
  • Advising Okhtein Holding on the setting up and handling of its new IP portfolio and representing it in several cases before various governmental agencies.

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie Interna

Helmy, Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International) is primarily focused on the enforcement of IP rights, with notable expertise in combating piracy, trade mark and copyright infringement, as well as technology transfers including the licensing of technology and domain name disputes. The Cairo office is part of a highly regarded global IP practice and, locally, it has acted in cases involving online video sharing platforms and domestic real estate companies. Practice head Ghada El Ehwany and senior associates Mohamed Mourad and Milad Fayez are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ghada El Ehwany

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Mourad; Milad Fayez

Work highlights

  • Representing an American online video sharing platform, in connection with a lawsuit filed by an Egyptian company requesting the suspension of the screening of two Egyptian movies and an Egyptian play.
  • Acting for an Egyptian real estate company regarding a trade mark infringement matter.
  • Advising an international industrial company in connection with the selling and marketing, by a third party, of copies of the client’s products.

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy continues to build up the portfolio of work for its dedicated IP practice, which was launched in 2017. As well as handling the IP aspects of large corporate transactions, the firm handles due diligence exercises and portfolio management for clients in sectors including agriculture, software development, food and beverage, tourism and renewable energy. Omar Bassiouny, Tamer El Hennawy and legal director Menna Elsherif are the lead practitioners. They count Netflix and Acino among their clients.

Practice head(s):

Omar Bassiouny; Tamer El Hennawy; Menna Elsherif

Testimonials

‘We appreciate the client focus of the lawyer in charge.’

Key clients

Si-Ware Systems Private free Zone Company

Acino

Merichem

Transport for Cairo

Netflix

Halan

Wockhardt

Simon Associes

Raseedy

Drylicious

Work highlights

  • Represented Si-Ware Systems in relation to the sale of the intellectual property and patents of its Application-Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) business to Shenzhen Goodix Technology Co. Ltd.
  • Represented Acino – a Swiss pharmaceutical company, in relation to its acquisition of selected prescription and OTC products from Takeda pharmaceuticals for a total value in excess of US$200m.
  • Assisted Transport for Cairo on the content license agreement with Google LLC .

NAL & Partners

NAL & Partners has one of the leading IP practitioners in Egypt in Nermien Al-Ali, who focuses on IP portfolio management and contractual matters. The firm is also highly respected for its work in IP enforcement and litigation. It has a long track record of working for high-profile global brands such as AbbVie, Merck Sharpe & Dohme, PepsiCo., Apple and Vodafone and Skechers. The firm recently represented a major breeder in obtaining protection for plant varieties in Egypt.

Practice head(s):

Nermien Al-Ali

Shalakany Law Office

Shalakany Law Office has a strong track record in patent filing, litigation and portfolio management, as well as strategic advice on the protection of intellectual property. Its IP work is part of a broad range of commercial services forming part of the firm's support for multinational corporations, individual inventors, authors and owners of creative works. General manager Amal El Khafif is the main contact.

Practice head(s):

Amal El Khafif

Eldib & Co

Eldib & Co has a long track record of advising domestic and international businesses, among them well-established brand owners and technology holders. Its workload includes trade marks, copyright and industrial designs. Managing partner Amr Eldib has more than 30 years' experience in a broad range of corporate, finance and IP work. Mohamed Eldib also plays a key role in the practice.

Other key lawyers:

Amr Eldib; Mohamed Eldib

Levari

Levari focuses on the protection and registration of trade marks in Egypt, as well as handling certificates of origin, designs and patents, copyright law and domain name licensing. Litigation, finance and regulatory specialist Mohamed Raslan and senior associate Hatem Ahmed Sayed are the key contacts for IP matters, where the firm advises large international clients including Netflix.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Raslan

Other key lawyers:

Hatem Ahmed Sayed 

Marghany Advocates

Marghany Advocates has a diverse client base that includes major clients in the hospitality, transportation and oil and gas sectors, to which it provides the full range of corporate and IP services. Its broad range of work encompasses advice on franchising agreements, as well as the registration and transfer of IP rights. Amir Marghany and senior associate Hend El Hakim are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Amir Marghany

Other key lawyers:

Hend El Hakim

Work highlights

  • Advising ACE hardware on aspects pertaining to their Egyptian franchise agreements.
  • Assisting Fustany in its IP registration including trade marks for services provided by the company.

Mohamed Nasser Law Firm

Mohamed Nasser Law Firm joins the ranking due to its growing workload in IP enforcement, litigation, licensing and registration. Its work covers trade marks, industrial models and designs, patents, copyright and authorship rights. It has worked extensively for clients seeking to protect computer programs, industrial property, artistic works, research and development, and industrial designs. Head of real estate Islam Gad and managing partner Mohamed Nasser are the main contacts.

Practice head(s):

Islam Gad; Mohamed Nasser

Key clients

Aton Holding

Insignia Production & Events

Work highlights

  • Represented Insignia Production & Events in relation to trade marks, and copyrighting the ideas of the its events, which are the first of their kind in the MENA region.
  • Handled the registration of trade marks after Aton Holding’s recent acquisitions.