Plant Variety Protection

Karim El Helaly, In-House Counsel, PWC, Egypt

Egypt has had ongoing Intellectual Property (.IP.) reforms since January 1st 2000 resulting from its accession to the World Trade Organization (.WTO.) in 1994 and the obligation to implement the provisions of the Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (.TRIPs.) Agreement. The IP reforms in order to comply with TRIPs included the agriculture and horticulture industry by availing protection for Plant Varieties under IP law No. 82/2002-Plant Variety Rights (.PVR.) section which is sui-generis system pursuant to Article 27(3)b of the TRIPS Agreement which provides that ....Members of the WTO must provide for the protection of plant varieties either by patents or by an effective sui generis system or by any combination thereof.. PVR is one of the most novel IPR protection introduced by the IP law and it aims at encouraging foreign direct investment in the agriculture and horticulture industry and promote research and development thereof.

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Egypt Intellectual Property Consultant February 2008 Vol. 1, No. 3, Spring 2008

Karim El Helaly

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Mr. El Helaly is an Egyptian national and senior legal consultant at PwC. His main fields of specialization are corporate commercial, intellectual property, and technology transfer with a particular focus on technology-based industries. His scope of work involves counselling, licensing, enforcement and management of IP assets. Mr. El Helaly completed his general certificate of education in Science from the University of London in 1990. In 1995 he received his L.L.B. from the University of Cairo, faculty of Law, and admitted to the Egyptian Bar in since 1995. In 1998, Mr. El Helaly obtained his L.L.M with specialization in IP and technology at Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH, USA. His work involves the strengthening of the legal and regulatory framework for intellectual property and to promote IP-public awareness. Mr. El Helaly is a certified mediator for commercial and intellectual property disputes and is an active member of the Licensing Executive Society USA-Canada (“LES”), the International Association for the protection of Intellectual Property (“AIPPI”), and is an associate member of the American Bar Association for the division of Intellectual Property, Franchise and Law practice management.

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Our financial, strategic and execution expertise has helped PricewaterhouseCoopers retain its position as the UK's leading adviser for M&A transactions between US$50m and US$500m for the fourth year running, having advised on a higher volume and value of mid-market deals than any other adviser in 2005 (Source: Thomson Financial). While we are committed to the mid market, we also advise clients on deals outside this range. We provide advice to both corporate clients and private equity houses on valuation, deal structuring and implementation. PwC was named Mid-market Adviser of the Year at the Acquisitions Monthly Awards 2005. As dealmakers we have full access to PwC's due diligence and tax specialists and offer integrated solutions based on extensive industry and market knowledge. We provide creative solutions for disposals, fund raising, IPOs, private equity and M&A deals, as well as project finance & Public Private Partnerships. Our corporate finance services M&A advisory Private equity advisory IPOs Project finance & Public Private Partnerships Public to private Valuations

Egypt Intellectual Property Consultant February 2008 Vol. 1, No. 3, Spring 2008