Ethiopia

Lysaght offers a complete IP service in this country, assisting clients in the filing, registration, recordal and renewal of their IP rights. For further information and our prices, please e-mail us with your specific enquiry.

TRADE MARK INFORMATION 
ClassificationInternational, Nice
Multi-class
Goods and services can be registered
PriorityPriority can be claimed, notwithstanding that Ethiopia is not a signatory to the Paris Convention
Renewal7 years from the filing date and every 7 years thereafter
Use provisionsNon-use of a trade mark for a period of 3 years from registration renders it open to an action for cancellation by third parties
PATENT INFORMATION 
Types of PatentSubstantive with or without priority claims
Patent of Introduction
PriorityPriority can be claimed, notwithstanding that Ethiopia is not a signatory to the Paris Convention
DurationSubstantive patents remain in force for 15 years from the date of filing, but this can be extended by a further 5 years provided the patent is properly worked in Ethiopia, and all renewal fees have been paid to date.

It is not entirely clear from the Ethiopian Patents proclamation of the term of a Patent of Introduction.  In our interpretation, a Patent of Introduction expires at the same time as the foreign base patent, but its term may not exceed 10 years calculated from the date of filing in Ethiopia.  Again, the working of the patent invention and the payment of renewal fees are required.
AnnuitiesRenewal fees are paid annually, in advance, beginning on the first anniversary of the date of filing.  A 6 month grace period is available on payment of a late fine
DESIGN INFORMATION 
PriorityPriority can be claimed, notwithstanding that Ethiopia is not a signatory to the Paris Convention
Duration5 years from the filing date, extensible by a further two periods of 5 years each
RenewalAnnual renewal fees are payable, in addition to the 5-yearly extension fees

 

Priority can be claimed, notwithstanding that Ethiopia is not a signatory to the Paris Convention