In January 2016 the Ministry of Trade and Industry issued Decree 43/2016 amending Decree 92/2015 concerning the rules for the registration of the factories and Trademarks Owners eligible to export their products to the Arab Republic of Egypt. All factories, trademark owners and distribution centers that want to export products listed below must register at GOEIC (General Organization for Export and Import Control). This decree will come into force two months after the date of its publication. This is expected in April 2016.
Documents required for the registration are:
Factories must submit a registration form together with the following documents:
- Certificate of the legal status and the license of the factory
- List of the manufacturers products and it’s trademarks
- The trademark of the product and any licensed trademarks by the trademark owner
- A certificate to prove that the factory has a quality control system, issued by a body recognized by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), or International Accreditation Forum ( IAF ) or from an Egyptian or Foreign Governmental body approved by the Ministry of Foreign Trade.
Licensees must submit a registration form together with the following documents:
- A certificate to prove registration of the trademark and a list of products manufactured under this trademark.
- A certificate from the trademark owner listing the distribution centers which are authorized to distribute products with this trademark.
- A certificate to prove that the trademark owner has a quality control system, issued by a body recognized by the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), or International Accreditation Forum (IAF ) or from an Egyptian or Foreign Governmental body approved by the Ministry of Foreign Trade.
In case of doubt regarding the authenticity of the documents, inspection may be required to ensure the authenticity of the documents.
We have been recently informed by the authorities at Ministry of Trade and Commerce imposed some updates on the patent registration procedures. Please be advised that applicants will be notified regarding payment of the advertisement fees to publish the patent application in the Intellectual Property Journal issue after acceptance of the patent. The advertisement would be published in the next issue.During the 2 month opposition period, if no oppositions were raised the applicant must furnish copies of the patent along with the granting fees, it is requested that publication and registration fees are paid on time to avoid delay of the issuance of the letters patent. Qatar has only recently started the granting of patents and clearing the back log of applications with the office.
The backlog in Design Applications filed between 2011 and 2013 have finally been brought under consideration of the Ministry of Economy and a circular letter stating that the department will commence to finalize them soon have been issued. Accordingly it should be noted that the publication fees should be paid within 60 days from circular or the application will be deemed abandoned.