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Al Tamimi & Company (“Al Tamimi”) are pleased to announce that our Intellectual Property team successfully supported Liverpool football star, Mohamed Salah, in his infringement dispute with the Egyptian FA.
Mohamed has led the Egyptian national team to their first World Cup in 28 years, and received numerous awards as one of football’s finest. However, all image rights of Mohamed are waved to MS Commercial (Cayman) LTD. Accordingly, his Agent, Ramy Abbas, on behalf of MS Commercial, contacted Al Tamimi when the dispute erupted in March, whereby a large-scale image of Mohamed appeared on the side of Egypt’s team plane for the Russia World Cup 2018.
The image was provided by the Egyptian national team’s official World Cup sponsor, Presentation Sports, who executed marketing deals based on the image rights with Egypt Air and many others, to which the EFA approved, without any prior consultation or consent given by Mohamed.
Omar Obeidat, Partner & Head of Al Tamimi’s Intellectual Property practice, added: “Because of our team’s regional presence and strong expertise in this field, we were pleased to swiftly and effectively resolve this issue for Mohamed in Egypt. Our team have been extremely busy in the sports sector in relation to IP infringement matters this year and are also delighted to have been selected, once again, as IP legal counsel to FIFA for to the upcoming World Cup in Russia – we look forward to the games!”
For further information or enquiries, please contact:
Partner, Head of Intellectual Property
Hassane H. El Sheref
Senior Associate, Intellectual Property
Al Tamimi & Company is the largest law firm in the Middle East with 17 offices across 9 countries. The firm has unrivalled experience, having operated in the region for over 25 years. Our lawyers combine international experience and qualifications with expert regional knowledge and understanding.
Al Tamimi’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice comprises specialised lawyers including experienced trademark, patent and design professionals. Our lawyers routinely handle many of the most significant IP matters in the Middle East, representing major global and regional brands.
The IP Department’s full service capability and the strength of our regional footprint ensure that we provide our clients with contentious and non-contentious services on a multi-jurisdictional basis. A large number of our international clients call on us to manage their IP protection and enforcement throughout the region, while we also work closely with our regional clients to manage their IP rights globally.