This is to advise that patent examination official fees have been increased from EGP 2000 (US$400) to EGP 7000 (US$1400) according to a decision taken by the expelled Minister of Trade and Industries in his last day at the Ministry on 22 February 2011.
This decision has been resisted and appealed based on the fact that the Minister lost the power for issuing regulations before leaving the Ministry, by all practitioners in Egypt, before the new appointed Minister, but in vain.
After that, a legal action was taken; we do not believe any decision will be made earlier than 2 years.
On the other hand, the Patent Office used to issue an official action requesting filing the Arabic translation of the “Priority document“ in respect of PCT national phase applications, considering the published text as a priority document and charge EGP 8 per page. We are now responding to such office actions stating that the said national phase is filed under the PCT agreement and not the Paris Convention, and priority has been already claimed and the Egyptian Patent Office has nothing to do with priority at all and accordingly, we shall not submit any Arabic translation of any priority document.
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