• (230) 4278861, 4260399

Custom Recordal of IPRs in Egypt

Egypt

Custom Recordal of IPRs
No
No
No
The Executive Regulations of the Import and Export Law 118 (1975)
Custom Recordal of IPRs is effective only on the import of goods.
The role of the customs authority is to identify the consignment carrying infringing goods.
A formal registration before the customs authority is not available in Egypt, despite the Executive Regulations of the Import and Export Law 118 (1975), which restricts the import of products that infringe IP rights and the procedures available to the rights holders to stop and prevent infringing shipments from entering the country. However, it is possible to seek IP protection and fight counterfeits by means of an informal registration by addressing a letter to the customs authority requesting to enter a mark in the watch list for monitoring possible counterfeit consignments accompanied by relevant documents.
An application letter needs to be addressed to the customs authority. The letter should contain all information about the possible local distributors, the country of export, and the usual ports of arrival in Egypt. It is then the rights holder's responsibility to have detailed knowledge of the incoming products (for instance, the port of origin, shipment number, name of the vessel, name of consignee, and the date of arrival of shipment at the port), which will make the customs authority alert to possible infringement and help them identify and seize the shipment, if necessary. Without this information, infringing products can and do enter the country unchecked. This letter should be accompanied by a certified copy of the registration certificate of the trademark in Egypt and a power of attorney legalized before an Egyptian consulate.
There is no fixed timeframe.
Yes, it is centralized.
No
There is no such official fee as it is an informal method of registration.
There is no fixed term. It is based on the consignment schedule on which the imports are to cross the customs scrutiny. Therefore, for each consignment a separate informal registration procedure is to be carried out.
Yes
It may be through suo motu action or after receiving an informal registration request.
The applicant bears the liabilities and expenses related to suspension of the release of infringing goods.
Yes
Yes
Yes
Within a period of 15 days
Yes
15 days
Yes
A monetary guarantee equivalent to 25% of the shipment’s value is required; this amount is reimbursed if a judgment is rendered in the complainant’s favour.
In this scenario, the authorities intimate the rights holder after which a civil suit is required to be filed.
Yes
There is no formal registration.
Yes
N/A