EGYPT ONLINE Can gambling and casino trademarks be protected in Egypt? 5 days ago Iwo Bulski Post Views: 67 As a predominantly Muslim country, Egypt prohibits gambling in line with the Koran. However, the practice is not entirely illegal and the country’s trademark legislation reflects this. The Law on the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (82/2002) includes no interdiction on the registration of gambling and casino trademarks. However, Article 67(2) of the law prohibits the registration of trademarks that are considered contrary to public order or morality. While land-based casinos are legal in Egypt (there are more than 20 in the country and one on a Nile River cruise), the liberality of the Egyptian government regarding casinos is limited, as the Penal Code expressly prohibits Egyptian citizens from using them, stating that they are exclusively for tourists. Yet in contrast to the United Arab Emirate Trademarks Office, which considers casinos and related services contrary to public order and refuses to register corresponding trademarks, the Egyptian Patent Office does not appear to refer to public order or morality when examining gambling-related marks. ” (…) a difference must be established between the legal ownership of a right and the illegal use of the services related to the same right as far as Egyptian citizens are concerned.” There are close to 100 valid national trademarks that identify gambling and casino-related goods and services in Classes 28, 41 and 43 in Egypt. In addition, more than 250 international registrations are valid in Egypt that identify the same goods and services. Of these national marks, 20% are owned by Egyptian applicants. Although these numbers are merely indicative, they demonstrate two things. First, they show that the Egyptian Patent Office accepts gambling and casino trademarks without any excessive restrictions. Second, they illustrate that a difference must be established between the legal ownership of a right and the illegal use of the services related to the same right as far as Egyptian citizens are concerned. As in most countries, casinos are strictly regulated and their number is closely supervised by the government – namely, the Ministry of Tourism. This poses an additional question in terms of trademark rights. Because the number of casinos is limited, many of these marks cannot be used in Egypt and are in jeopardy of being revoked for non-use. However, this must be mitigated by the fact that there are many online casinos in use in the country, albeit none of which are licensed by the government as online gambling is not regulated under Egyptian law. The question then is whether such use would be accepted by the Egyptian registry. Source: inventa.com Iwo BulskiIssues related to the gambling business is engaged in more than 30 years. My empirical experience gives me the opportunity to present events and companies from this business with full knowledge and industry knowledge. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: Egipt, gambling online, United Arab Emirate Trademarks Office Continue Reading Previous iGaming NEXT announces its dazzling 2021 online edition – Online: Bright FutureNext Why is online gambling so popular in South Africa? More Stories ONLINE Pragmatic Play kickstarts supercharged €7,000,000 drops and wins promotion 3 days ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Pragmatic Play launches Unibet’s dedicated Live Casino studio 4 days ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS TVBET expands in Mexico through the cooperation with Logrand Entertainment Group 4 days ago Iwo Bulski ONLINE WORLD NEWS Pronet Gaming boosts LatAm proposition with Vibra Gaming 4 days ago Iwo Bulski HOT NEWS NIGERIA ONLINE Microsoft Partnership – How it could Aid Nigeria iGaming Industry 5 days ago Adeleye Awakan ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA Why is online gambling so popular in South Africa? 5 days ago Samuel ONLINE WORLD NEWS iGaming NEXT announces its dazzling 2021 online edition – Online: Bright Future 6 days ago Iwo Bulski NIGERIA ONLINE Nigeria says in talks with Twitter after suspension 6 days ago Samuel HOT NEWS ONLINE SOUTH AFRICA Smartphone users will reach 26 million in South Africa by 2023 7 days ago Szarlot ONLINE WORLD NEWS Nomination for Wazdan for the retro award at the CasinoBeats Game Developer Awards 7 days ago Iwo Bulski GHANA ONLINE Ghana Mobile Money Value Transaction Reached US$100 billion in 2020 1 week ago Adeleye Awakan ONLINE South Africa Who invests in cryptocurrencies in South Africa 1 week ago Samuel Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.