The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) issued on 20 July the annual bulletin on the circulation of knowledge, its resistance to patents for technological information, and its availability to those engaged in scientific research and technological development to serve economic, social, and cultural services.
Up to 2,197 applications were submitted to the Egyptian Patent Office in 2016—920 of which were by Egyptians (41.9% of total) and 1,277 by foreigners (58.1% of total), compared with 2,108 applications in 2015 719 by Egyptians, (34.1% of total) and 1,389 by foreigners (65.9% of total)—an increase of 4.2%.
Of all the patents, 450 were granted by the Egyptian Patent Office in 2016—73 patents to Egyptians (16.2% of total) and 377 patents by foreigners (83.8% of total)—against 472 patents in 2015, of which 92 were to Egyptians (19.5% of total) and 380 to foreigners (80.5% of total).
Eighty-eight patents were granted in the field of humanitarian needs, marking 19.6% of total (25% by Egyptians, 75% by foreigners).
Moreover, 124 patents were granted in the field of chemistry and metallurgy, marking 27.6% of total patents granted in 2016 (17.7% by Egyptians, 82.3% by foreigners).
Ranked first were Americans living in Egypt, with 105 patents granted from them to the Egyptian Patent Office. This was followed by patents granted by Egyptians, with a total of 73 patents with 16.2%, and Japanese people submitted 43 patents, representing 9.6% of the total patents granted in 2016.
The Egyptian Trademark Office granted trademarks to 5,294 brands in 2016, compared to 5,488 ones in 2015, a 3.5% decline.
Egypt topped the list of brands with 2,762 (52.2% of total), followed by the US with 716 (13.5% of total) and Saudi Arabia with 180 (3.4% of total).