The Egyptian National Group Activity Report for Year 2003

During 2003, the Egyptian Association for Protection of Intellectual Property ("AEPPI") organized and participated in many activities whether locally or internationally.

The following is a summary of these activities:

1-WIPO/AEPPI International Symposium on Intellectual Property Protection in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Countries.

This Symposium was held on April 14 -15, 2003, in the Nile Hilton Hotel and was attended by 120 participants, mostly local patent attorneys and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry. Several participants came from Eastern Europe and some Arab countries.

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research gave the opening speech together with Mr. Sherif Saadallah Director for Cooperation and Development (WIPO) and Mrs. Hoda Serageldine President of AEPPI.

The presentations and topics discussed were:

(a) Health Issues under the Doha Declaration by Dr. Hossam Loutfi (Shalakany Law Office).
(b) The WIPO Patent Agenda by Mr. Anthony Taubman (WIPO).
(c) Compulsory Licensing by Mrs. Esmee Du Plessis (Adams and Adams)
(d) Biodiversity and Biotechnology by Dr. Eid Abdel Maguid (AGERI)
(e) The Protection of Geographical Indications by Mr. Hopperger (WIPO)
(f) The Exhaustion of Rights in the UK by Mr. Paul Harris (Hammonds)
(g) The Exhaustion of IPR's in Egypt by Mr. Samir Hamza (Baker & McKenzie,Cairo)
(h) Multilateral Enforcement Issues by Mr. Taubman
(i) Dispute Resolution Process by Ms. Ola Zahran (WIPO); and
(j) The Domain Names Dispute Resolution by Dr. Hossam Lotfi
The final session was chaired by the President of the Academy of Scientific Research in Egypt.

2- Seminar on the New Egyptian Intellectual Property Law and the Trips:
This Seminar was held on July 8, 2003 and featured the presentation of Dr. Hossam Badrawi, member of the Egyptian National Assembly, who participated in the issuance of the new Intellectual Property Law, and Ambassador Gamal Bayoumi from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

3-AIPPI Executive Committee Meeting :
This meeting was held in Lucerne, Switzerland, during the period from October 25 to October 29, 2003. The Egyptian delegation was represented by four members who participated in all the activities associated with this meeting.
4-Response to AIPPI Questions :
The Egyptian Group responded, during 2003, to the following questions:
Q174 Questionnaire on Jurisdiction and Applicable Law
Q178 Questionnaire on Scope of Patent Protection
Q180 Questionnaire on Content and Relevance of Industrial Applicability for Patentability
Q181 Questionnaire on Conditions for Registration and Scope of Protection of Non-Conventional Trademarks
Q182 Questionnaire on Database Protection at National & International Level
Q183 Questionnaire on Employers' Rights to Intellectual Property

5-General Assemblies :
There were two general assemblies held during 2003, one Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) and the other an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM).

The OGM elected the current board of directors for a term of two years and the EGM normalized the legal status of AEPPI based on the new law for associations issued in 2002

6- Meetings with Egyptian Officials :
The AEPPI board members met with numerous government officials and presented several memos that highlight the interest of its members, including comments for overcoming the problems encountered in dealing with both the Trademark Office and the Patent Office in Cairo.

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