Parliament approves law establishing The Egyptian Organization for Intellectual Property Rights'

Gamal Essam El-Din , Tuesday 20 Jun 2023

The House of Representatives approved Tuesday a draft law establishing the Egyptian Agency for Intellectual Property Rights (EOIPR).

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File photo of the Egyptian Parliament (Photo: Khaled Mashaal)

 

"The new agency will be exclusively mandated with supervising all forms of intellectual property in Egypt in line with the constitution and international conventions and standards," said a report prepared by the Education and Scientific Research Committee at Parliament.

"The agency will be also tasked with advancing technological innovation, human creativity, scientific research and cultural development," added the report.

Sami Hashem, head of the Education Committee, said the new legislation will unify all authorities and institutions currently responsible for regulating intellectual property rights in Egypt into one agency in order to be able to protect these rights effectively in line with the most up-to-date international standards.

"The agency will also make sure that intellectual property rights are regulated to mainly serve the country's socioeconomic development plans and achieve the knowledge economy," said Hashem

He stressed that "the knowledge economy is a system of consumption and production that is based on intellectual capital.

“In particular, this economy refers to the ability to capitalize on scientific discoveries and applied research and we hope that the new legislation will help achieve this objective in Egypt," added Hashem.

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The second article of the law stipulates that the EOIPR will follow the Office of the Prime Minister, to be based in Cairo with branches across the country.

Article three stipulates that the agency will be solely authorized with regulating intellectual property rights in Egypt, ensuring that they contribute to the national economy and serve the country's interests.

Article four stipulates that the agency will be party to drafting a national strategy for intellectual property rights in coordination with relevant cabinet ministries and authorities.

Article six stipulates that a board will be formed to run the agency's affairs, decide on its organizational structure and internal regulations, draft its annual budget and pursue its objectives.

"The budget of the agency will come from foreign grants and donations as well as fees charged against services," stated the article.

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