Egypt’s recent revolution sent shockwaves through the international community, and almost immediately political pundits began to ponder its effect on Middle Eastern stability. To date, post-revolution Egypt has struggled to regain its political stability and implement the democratic government its citizens demand. The eventual nature of the new Egyptian government will have a substantial impact not only on the region’s stability but also on international trade. As such, this comment will examine the likely impact of a new Egyptian regime on intellectual property rights and protections in Egypt. The comment explores the role of Shari’ah Law in lawmaking and Shari’ah Law’s impact on IP rights, and it examines the IP legislation in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and pre-revolution Egypt as well as the role of the World Trade Organization in encouraging IP protection. The comment concludes with an analysis of the likely effect of the Egyptian revolution on Egypt’s IP laws heading into an uncertain future.
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