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First mission of the Spanish group participating in the project "Twinning between the SPTO and the Egyptian Patent Office (EGPO)"

On January 29 and 30, 2020, the first representation of Spanish experts traveled to Cairo, together with the Resident Councillor in that country (RTA of the project), to develop the Spanish part of the program "Twinning between the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO) and the Egyptian Patent Office (EGPO)"

In two days of work with representatives of the EGPO, the general aspects of the activities to be carried out and the expected results that are intended to be achieved, with the implementation of the C2, C3 and C4 components, led by the Spanish experts, had been defined.

The twinning project with Egypt, led by the SPTO under the title "Supporting and upgrading the institutional, technical and raising awareness capabilities of Egyptian the Patent Office", in which the European Commission fully finances all the activities of the project (1,500,000 euros of budget), began on January 5, 2020 and is going to be develope in 24 months.

With the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Public Administration and Policy (FIIAPP), the SPTO, project leader with the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) and the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation (IRZ), as junior partners, will develop the project that is articulated through 5 components:

  • Component 1: Establishment of a Strategic IP Plan for Scientific Research in Egypt.
  • Component 2: Sustainable cooperation and coordination with rights holders and with enterprises and SMEs established within an institutional approach.
  • Component 3: EGPO systems and procedures reviewed and updated in accordance with EU standards.
  • Component 4: Contribution to strengthening patent processing skills and dissecasting information from EGPO staff.
  • Component 5: Training and organizational skills of EGPO staff.

The components correspond to the expected results of the project and will be carried out through a series of activities including: workshops, training sessions, expert missions, study visits and advice. For its implementation, short missions are planned by moving expert OEPM staff as well as associated institutions to the Egyptian Patent Office in various areas related to scheduled activities.