inovia Expands Foreign Filing Network into Egypt

We recently announced the addition of Egypt to our agent network, bringing our total country count to 85. Saba & Co., a leading IP firm in the Middle East and North Africa, will handle PCT national stage entry into Egypt for our clients.

Saba & Co., established in 1937, is one of the leading IP law firms in the Arab world. With over 265 members, the firm operates through an extensive network of branch and representative offices across West Asia, North Africa and their neighboring regions.

Egypt stats

If you’re considering filing into Egypt, here are a few key statistics from the CIA World Factbook to consider:


Located in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea north of Sudan


Arabic (official), English and French widely understood


83,688,164 (July 2012 estimate)

Top industries

Textiles, food processing, tourism, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, hydrocarbons, construction, cement, metals, light manufacturers

Among the top filers into Egypt are leading pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, and chemical companies.

PCT national stage entry deadlines/requirements:

Deadline – 30 months from priority date

Extension available?  No

Power of Attorney – Required at filing; general or specific allowed

Assignments – Only required when the applicant changed and if that change has not been recorded with the International Bureau

Language – Both an Arabic and English specification must be ready for filing at the 30 month deadline.

Translation extension – Not available

Excess claims fee – Not applicable

Examination request – Deferred after national stage entry

Country notes – The Power of Attorney must be legalized at your local Egyptian consulate and must be submitted within 4 months from the filing date.

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