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Forms part of

  • Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property; 
  • Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO);
  • Agreement concerning the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS); and
  • Hague Agreement concerning International Registration of Industrial Designs.

An industrial design is defined as any arrangement of lines or any three-dimensional form that takes a new shape and which is industrially applicable.

The Locarno International Classification is used.

Absolute novelty applies.

There is a twelve-month grace period.

Design applications are examined as to compliance with formal requirements, novelty and industrial applicability.

An industrial design endures for an initial period of ten years and may be renewed (on application) for a further five years.

There is no working requirement for industrial designs in the Arab Republic of Egypt.