The Board of Directors held seven
(7) meetings during the year ending December 31,
2004 in which the Board discussed all matters
related to the association's activities and its role
in activating the protection of intellectual
property and contacting the governmental bodies
supervising the departments in relation with the
association's activities. The Board further attended
to the updating of the association's web site.
General Assembly Meetings :
Ordinary General Assembly Meeting
Ordinary General Meeting of the association for the
year ending 2003 was held pursuant to Law 82 of 2002
and its executive regulation and the association's
Ordinary General Assembly Meeting
Ordinary General Meeting of the association was held
to approve the transformation of the Association
into to a national association undertaking its
activities in the whole geographical area of Egypt
and amending the subscription fees.
Conferences and Local Seminars :
The Association held a seminar for its members
on 13/1/2004 at the Conrad Hotel to discuss and
exchange opinions regarding the legal and
administrative obstacles facing those competent with
applying the law 82 of 2002 after a year and half of
its enforcement and the executive regulation issue
(except for the part of copyright). A committee was
formed from the members of the Board of Directors
along with the Association members to prepare a
memorandum including a summary of the members'
opinions to be submitted to the competent bodies.
After the holding of the Ordinary and the Extra
Ordinary General Meetings, the Association held a
meeting on May 17, 2004 at the Conrad Hotel in which
Mr. Youssef Murad, General Secretary of the (TRIPS)
Contact Point Organization For the Protection of
Intellectual Property, regarding the role of this
Organization to which the chairperson of the
Association was added as a member pursuant to the
Ministerial Decree No. 545 of 2003.
The Association held a seminar for its members on
December 12, 2004 in which it hosted Ambassador/
Gamal Bayoumi who spoke about the coming challenges
at the beginning of 2005 regarding globalization,
FTA's, regional And international integrations. The
Association also hosted Mr. Mustafa Abdel Ghaffar,
Head of the Trademark Registry, who spoke about the
current and future plans for development and
modernization of the Department. Speeches were
followed by a discussion in which the Association
members exchanged opinions about the issues brought
in that meeting.
International Conferences and Seminars :
The Board and some of the Association members
attended several international
seminars such as the Congress of the International
Association for the Protection of Intellectual
Property (AIPPI) held in Geneva from June 20, 2004
until June 24, 2004. The Congress was attended by
three of the Board members: Mrs. Hoda Serageldine,
President of the Egyptian Nation al Group, Mrs. Hoda
Abdel Hadi, Mrs. Magda Saad and five members of the
Association: Mr. Sami Tuqan, Mr. Hesham El-Dib, Mr.
Amr El-Dib, Mr. Ragai El Dekki and Mr. Amr Kershah.
As of October 2004, the Board started preparing and
arranging for an international conference to be held
on April 2005 in cooperation with the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Administrative, scientific and social activities
groups were formed in order to prepare for the
Researches and Scientific Reports :
The Association responded to questions received
from the committees of the
Association for Protection of Intellectual Property
(AIPPI). These are:
Q 94 (Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha
Declaration on TRIPs and Public Health).
(Questions on Substantive Patent Law Treaty).
186 (Questionnaire on Punitive Damages).
(Limitations on exclusive IP Rights by Competition
Q 170 (Questions on Substantive Patent Law Treaty).
Q 186 (Questionnaire on Punitive Damages).
Q 187 (Limitations on exclusive IP Rights by
The Board formed sub-committees to examine the
raised questions and to send the relevant reports to
the AIPPI. Mrs. Hoda Serageldine, Mrs. Hoda Abdel
Hadi, Mrs. Nadia Haroun, Mrs. Magda Saad, Prof. Dr.
Hossam Loutfi, Mr. Samir Hamza and Mr. Ahmed Abou
Ali have prepared together those reports.
Meetings with Official and Governmental Bodies :
Two meetings were held with his Excellency Dr.
Hassan Khedr, Minister of Supply and Internal Trade
in the attendance of Mr. Mustafa Abdel Ghaffar, Head
of the Trademark Registry: on October 20, 2004 and
November 22, 2004 to discuss the problems and
obstacles facing members and those working in the
field of Trademarks. Discussions concentrated on the
upgrading of the governmental bodies working in this
field. These meetings continued until the beginning
of 2005 when the working system within the Trademark
Department began improving.
A meeting was held with Dr. Fawzi El-Refaei, Head of
the Academy of Scientific Research (the Patent
Office), on October 23, 2004 to discuss the new
system implemented at the Patent Office for applying
the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in Egypt.
The Association accepted six (6) new members
during 2004. The total membership of the Association
reached at the end of 2004 one hundred
eight (108) members, including: 94 active members
(55 of them are also members of AIPPI) and 14
Secretary of the Association
President of the Association
Ahmad Abou Ali
Hoda A. Serageldine