Mr. Myrick had planned to stay four days in Cairo from 1st
to 4th of March. The Egyptian Group set an intensive agenda
of meetings for the two working days (Thursday & Sunday) and
a sight seeing program for the weekend (Friday & Saturday).
On Thursday March 1st, Mr. Myrick had a meeting with Mrs.
Hoda Serageldine and Mr. Samir Hamza respectively President
and Vice President of the Egyptian Association for
Protection of Intellectual Property (AEPPI).
This meeting was followed by a working luncheon with the
thirteen members of the Board in a restaurant overlooking
The discussions addressed the general problems encountered
by Egyptian practitioners in the field of IPR’s protection
as well as IPRs issues related to the industry since the
Board of AEPPI includes five industrialists.
On Saturday evening, after a long day of sight seeing, Mr. &
Mrs. Myrick joined some members of the Board and their
spouses for a casual dinner in a typical old restaurant in
In the morning of Sunday March 4th, AEPPI organized an
important meeting with high officials at the Ministry of
Trade & Industry namely: Dr. Samiha Fawzi, First Assistant
to the Minister, Councilor Hisham Ragab, legal counsel to
the Minister and Dr. Mostafa Aboul-Einein, Head of the
Mr. Ron Myrick introduced briefly AIPPI to them, explained
its characteristics, purposes, principles, past traditions
and future plans. He offered the Book of the AIPPI
Centennial to Dr. Samiha Fawzi on behalf of the AIPPI
The Government Officials were very impressed with the work
of AIPPI and discussed with Mr. Myrick topics of particular
interest to them such as Free Trade Agreements and IPR’s
related issues, thereto.
It was agreed that these issues should be addressed during
the forthcoming WIPO/AEPPI Symposium scheduled on 2 & 3
December 2007. Mr. Myrick proposed that AIPPI should
contribute with the Egyptian Association into studying the
On the same day at 6 p.m., Mr. Myrick met with the
membership of AEPPI and gave a presentation about the role
of the National Groups in developing the International
Mr. Myrick asked the Members what they expected from AIPPI
and explained what AIPPI expected from them.
The members of the Egyptian Group expressed the wish that
AIPPI makes itself more visible in the Middle East by
attending the Regional/National events organized by the
Mr. Myrick promised to convey these remarks to the Bureau
and finally, he highlighted the forthcoming plans of AIPPI
for 2007 and 2008.
This meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry
of Trade & Industry and the Head of the Patent Office
together with 50 members of AEPPI.
The visit of Mr. Myrick had very positive results. It paved
the way to better cooperation between AIPPI Bureau and the
National Groups in an area of the World still in need of
support to develop further the concepts of intellectual