On 21 September 2022, Egypt launched a National Strategy for Intellectual Property. The launch was attended by both the country’s Prime Minister, Mostafa Madbouly, and the Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Daren Tang.
At the launch, the Prime Minister said that the IP strategy reflects Egypt’s interest in IP and recognises the role that IP can play in advancing the country’s economy.
According to a news report on Ahram Online, the strategy aims to both pave the way for a legislative environment for IP and support digital transformation in government services. It further aims to incorporate concepts of innovation in the country’s educational process. The strategy is apparently in line with the WIPO Development Agenda, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and Egypt’s Vision 2030.
The news report makes mention of the fact that Egypt has been a member of WIPO since 1975, and that it has signed 14 WIPO-administered agreements. Amongst these – the Paris Convention, the Berne Convention (copyright), the Patent Co-operation Treaty, the Madrid Agreement (trade marks) and the Hague Agreement (registered designs).
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