Seminar on the Draft Competition Law (April 15th, 2002)
This Draft Law which is still pending debate at the
Parliament will have an impact on intellectual property
protection by imposing restrictions on monopolies and
anticompetitive behavior. The speakers were a Member of the
Egyptian State Council and a Professor of Law at Cairo
University. They highlighted all the major points of
interest for our members.
Seminar on the
Draft Law for Electronic Signature (June 4th, 2002)
TThis topic is very novel for our members particularly
concerning the legal issues involved. The first speaker was
an expert in IT engineering who is a Consultant at the
Ministry of IT and Telecommunications, he explained the
technical part of this Draft Law. The second was a lawyer
who is an expert on Cyber crime and Infringements on the
Internet. He also presented the Budapest Treaty of 2002 in
relation to this subject matter.
Meeting (June 4th, 2002)
TThis is a yearly event which has to follow the regulations
governing the associations in Egypt with an activity report
presented by the Board, the auditor's report on the past
year expenses and the discussion of the projected budget for
the following year. Then, finally the election of one-third
of the Board Members.
After the completion of these procedures, the Board takes
advantage of the presence of many members to circulate
information about AIPPI Meetings and important developments
in the International Agreements governed by WIPO or WTO.
Association has also been represented at many local seminars
and conferences organized by the Egyptian Government and
WIPO National Seminar on Intellectual Property Protection
and the Pharmaceutical Industries (February 17 & 18)
- Trademarks protection under the New Code for the
Intellectual Property Law No. 82/2002 organized by the
Ministry of Trade in cooperation with SIPRE (Strengthening
Intellectual Property Rights in Egypt) a project financed by
At the International level, the Egyptian Association has
also participated in AIPPI events. The AIPPI EXCO Meeting in
Lisbon was attended by 5 persons from the Egyptian Group:
The President, 2 Delegates, 1 Reporter and1 Observer who,
incidentally, was an industrialist.
On the other hand, the Egyptian Association has replied to
all the questionnaires sent by AIPPI Working and/or Special
Committees. The Board establishes a few subcommittees to
deal with each question and send the Group's report before
- Working Questions for Lisbon Q167, Q168 and Q169.
- Comments on the WIPO Patent Agenda.
- Q170 (Questionnaire on the Substantive Patent Law Treaty).
- Q171 (Questionnaire for the Membership Committee).
- Q94 (Questionnaire on the Doha Declaration).
The same rule applies at the National level when the
Egyptian Association has to send a memorandum to Government
Officials in order to confront some important legal issues.
For instance, the Association presented in August of 2002 a
memorandum to the Minister of Trade to comment on the Draft
Executive Regulations for Law No. 82/2002 for Intellectual
Property Protection (Trademark issues). In September of
2002, another memorandum was sent to the President of the
Academy of Scientific Research (supervisor of the Patent
Office) in relation to the Draft Executive Regulations for
Law No. 82/2002 (Patent issues).
In October of 2002, the Egyptian Association wrote a letter
of complaint to the Minister of Trade on behalf of its
members in order to overcome the problems that they
encounter at the Trademark Office and the Commercial
Finally, In November of 2002, the Egyptian Association
constituted an Organizing Committee of 8 Members to prepare
an International Symposium in Egypt in April, 2003 in
cooperation with WIPO and AIPPI. The Organizing Committee
prepared an offer with the help of Thomas Cook and secured
the approval of AIPPI and WIPO before launching an
invitation for this International event in December 2002