OAPI 2022 New Trademark Laws and Official Fee Schedule

Effective January 1st, 2022, a new Trademark Official Fees Schedule has come into force in the OAPI jurisdictions: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Comoro Islands, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

The same will be reflected in our schedule of fees going forward, our professional fees remain unchanged. Importantly, trademark applications no longer cover 1-3 classes; official fees are payable for the 2nd class and each additional class. Further, there is no fee for color publication and goods and services can now be included in a single application.

Should you have any inquiries please contact mail@eldib.com or oapi@eldib.com

Immigration Services in the UK

We understand that the complex and rigors checks associated with the ever, changing immigration law and policies, make the process of applying difficult.

We regularly assist our clients with submitting applications for point-based visas in categories as below:


The United Kingdom remains to be a popular destination, when deciding to visit the UK it can become a daunting process. At Eldib & Co our lawyers work to ensure the process is as smooth as possible.

Student Visa:

The student visa provides the holder with the temporary right to live and study in the UK.

Administrative Deportation & Removal:

Administrative removal for persons convicted of aggravated felonies. Section 238 (b) of the immigration and nationality Act (INA) contains an administrative removal procedure for non- lawful permanent.

Asylum Seekers and Refugees:

Immigration lawyers may represent clients in administrative courts, or they may counsel clients about their legal rights and obligations related to immigration, among other things. They also suggest courses of action based on their knowledge of immigration law.

British Nationality:

Whether you are looking to naturalize as a British citizen having obtained indefinite leave to remain, or you are looking to register as a British citizen on the basis of your parents’ nationality or status in the UK, we can provide you with detailed advice and guidance.

Employment, Business and Investment:

The Tier 1 Investor visa requires an individual to make a substantial financial commitment in the UK. To qualify, applicants must have held no less than GBP 2 million under their control for two years in advance of the initial application.

The individual must invest for five years in the UK by way of UK share capital or loan capital in active and trading UK-registered companies (other than those principally engaged in property investment). Investment in government bonds and offshore companies is not permitted.

The applicant is not required to show business experience or the ability to speak English. Investors are permitted to be gainfully employed under this visa or undertake a course of study in the UK.

The Skilled Worker visa allows you to work for a named employer in a specific position. Once you have completed 5 years continuous residence with a Skilled Worker, you should become eligible for settlement provided your absences are within permitted limits.

For more details regarding our services in the UK, kindly reach out to us by emailing mail@eldib.com

INTA official Announcement

We would like to congratulate our Partner, MOHAMED ELDIB, who has been appointed as the Anti-Counterfeiting Middle East and Africa Subcommittee Chair by the International Trademark Association for the term 2022/2023. The Anti-Counterfeiting Committee is dedicated to the enforcement of anti-counterfeiting procedures worldwide. The committee evaluates treaties, laws, and regulation related to anti-counterfeiting, and promotes enforcement education.

Special Purpose Acquisition Company

First, let us explain the meaning of a Special Purpose Acquisition Company (“SPAC”). An SPAC is essentially a shell company established to acquire companies by purchasing their shares. This type of company was regulated in Egypt by virtue of the decree of the Financial Regulatory Authority (“FRA”) no. 171 of year 2021 dated November 17, 2021. This newly issued decree regulates the new type of companies, in particular its capital, establishment, and mechanism of acquisition of shares of targeted companies. The establishment of an SPAC shall be complying with the regulations of the competent Authority to perform activities of venture capital provided that the issued and paid up capital of it shall not be less than EGP 10 million that shall be paid by sponsors, the investors who incorporated the SPAC. The decree provided that the acquisition of the targeted company shall take place within two years as of the date of the capital increase without counting the two years required for merger procedure, otherwise, the company shall refund the investment to the investors and the company shall be liquidated. After the acquisition, SPAC shall be converted from a company targeting a company to a company performing the same activity of the latter. The most significant advantages of SPACs are as follows:
  • Makes public listing of companies easier, as the IPO original estimated time may be much less that public listing through an SPAC. This makes procedures easier and less time consuming.
  • Protects the acquisition procedure against any uncertainty triggered in the local market (e.g. COVID-19 pandemic effects on market).
  • Give the target company experienced management and enhanced market visibility.
However, in criticizing this type of Companies, we reach the following opinion:
  • The reduced degree of oversight from regulators may reduce the degree of protection of investors which may ease the occurrence of fraud.
For any enquiries regarding SPACs or any other company type in Egypt, we kindly ask you to contact mail@eldib.com

2021 INTA Annual Meeting

We would like to announce the participation of our Partner, Mohamed Eldib, at the INTA annual virtual meeting from 15 to 19 November, 2021.

Mohamed serves as the co-chair of the Middle East General Advisory Counsel in addition to being a member of the Africa Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.

If you require assistance in IP matters in the Middle East and Africa please reach out to arrange a meeting with Mohamed at: inta@eldib.com

Eldib & Co Envahissant l’Afrique de l’Ouest

Nous sommes heureux et fiers d’annoncer que, grâce à notre croissance remarquable au cours des dernières années, nous sommes en pleine expansion !

En fait, nous avons étendu nos activités à un nouvel emplacement dans le centre-ouest de l’Afrique, le Cameroun. Cela nous permettra de répondre efficacement aux besoins croissants de nos clients variés à travers le monde et de servir de hub en Afrique de l’Ouest et de pays membres de l’OAPI “Bénin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, République Centrafricaine, Tchad, Comores, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée équatoriale, Gabon, Guinée, Guinée-Bissau, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Sénégal et Togo”.

Eldib & Co, est un cabinet d’avocats mondial basé au Caire, en Égypte, avec 8 bureaux centraux en (Chine, Libye, Tunisie, Algérie, Maroc, Soudan, Turquie et, plus récemment, Cameroun) et plus de 55 filiales dans la région. pour soutenir les affaires de nos clients en ce qui concerne les questions juridiques, la propriété intellectuelle ou d’autres domaines de pratique.

Eldib & Co est au service de ses clients à travers le monde depuis 1875. Le cabinet propose un large éventail de services juridiques, notamment anti-contrefaçon, arbitrage, commercial, droits d’auteur, droit d’auteur, droit d’entreprise, pénal, dessins industriels, travail et emploi, litige, brevets, immobilier & gestion immobilière, marques, transports. Notre département de la propriété intellectuelle jouit d’une réputation mondiale et est connu comme la société de propriété intellectuelle la plus ancienne et la plus solide d’Égypte et d’Afrique du Nord depuis 1921, lorsque nous avons enregistré la première marque en Égypte.

Adresse : PO Box 869, 70 Montee Ane Rouge, Easy Office Building, Yaoundé, Cameroun

Pour toute question, information ou demande de grille tarifaire, veuillez contacter : oapi@eldib.com

Eldib & Co Pervading West Africa

We are pleased and proud to announce that, due to our remarkable growth over the last few years, we are expanding!

In fact, we have expanded our business to a new location in west-central Africa, Cameroon. This will enable us to respond effectively to the growing needs of our varied customers across the world and serve as our West African hub for OAPI members: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, the Comoros, the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, the Niger, Senegal, and Togo.

Eldib & Co, is a global law firm headquartered in Cairo, Egypt, with 8 hub-offices (China, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Sudan, Turkey, and most recently, Cameroon), and over 55 affiliates in the region to support our clients’ business in regards to any legal matters, intellectual property or other areas of practice.

Eldib & Co has been serving clients across the world since 1875. Our firm offers a wide array of legal services including anti-counterfeiting, arbitration, commercial, copyrights, corporate, criminal, industrial designs, labor & employment, litigation, patents, real estate & property management, trademarks and transport. Our Intellectual Property department boasts a worldwide reputation, and is known as the oldest and strongest IP firm in Egypt and North Africa starting in 1921, as we registered Egypt’s first trademark.

Address: PO Box 869, 70 Montee Ane Rouge, Easy Office Building, Yaounde, Cameroon

For inquiries, information, or to request a fee schedule, please contact: oapi@eldib.com

Eldib & Co launches a practice teaching base with Law School of Shanghai International Studies University

We are pleased to announce that Eldib & Co has launched a practice teaching base with the prestigious Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) law school. The launch ceremony was held on July 6, joined by deans, deputy deans and head of CPC committee of SISU law school.

The collaboration enables SISU and our firm to jointly cultivate comprehensive multilingual legal talents under law and language programs, namely to train students majoring in Arabic to know more about Egyptian law, and to actively respond to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Founded in 1949 and upholding the motto of “Integrity, Vision and Academic Excellence”, Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) is an internationally recognized, prestigious academic institution distinctive for its multidisciplinary and multicultural nature, committed to preparing innovative professionals and future global leaders for a wide range of international expertise to address the critical challenges of our times.

New Head of OMPIC in Morocco

Mr. Abdelaziz Babqiqi has been designated as the new director of OMPIC by the governement council on June 3, 2021.

Prior to his appointment, he has, among others, held the position of Director of Statistics, Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy.

Eldib & Co becomes a member of China Chamber of International Commerce

We are proud to receive a membership certificate from the China Chamber of International Commerce.

As a member of China Chamber of International Commerce, Eldib & Co continues its mission to assist and advise Chinese companies that are interested in investment in Africa and Middle Eastern countries. We offer one stop and comprehensive legal services from pre-investment, due diligence and negotiation, to company incorporation, contracts, litigation and more.

China Chamber of International Commerce, or CCOIC, was established in 1988 with the approval of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Affiliated with China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), CCOIC is a nationwide chamber of commerce aiming to promote economic and trade exchanges and cooperation between China and foreign countries.