|Trade Mark Registration and Recordals||Michelle Boyes|
|Trade Mark Renewals||Rita Henderson|
|Patent Registration and Recordals||Kary Day|
|Patent Annuities||Sara Lloyd|
Contentious Matters (Oppositions, Infringement Actions, etc.)
|Trade Marks||Martin Chinnery|
Trade Mark Information
|Can services be registered ?||Yes|
|Is the International Classification
|Although it is yet to be ratified, the new Ethiopian Trade Marks Act follows the ninth edition of the Nice Classification.|
|Can Convention priority be claimed||No|
|Documentation required to file||Re-registration Application
Power of Attorney, Legalised up to Ethiopian Consul;
Certificate of Home or Foreign Registration, Legalised up to Ethiopian Consul
|Opposition period after publication||N/A|
|Renewal due||Data is being populated - please direct queries to Lysaght & Co. at this time|
|Grace Period||Data is being populated - please direct queries to Lysaght & Co. at this time|
|Documents required to renew||Data is being populated - please direct queries to Lysaght & Co. at this time|
|Proof of use due||Data is being populated - please direct queries to Lysaght & Co. at this time|
|Documents required to file proof of use||Data is being populated - please direct queries to Lysaght & Co. at this time|
|Can be struck off for non-use||N/A|
|Member of PCT||No|
|Can Convention priority be claimed||Yes|
|Deadline for filing priority document||3 months from filing date|
|Does the priority document have to be
|Only if not in English|
|Required Documents||Substantive Application
- Power of Attorney legalised up to the Ethiopian Consul;
- Specification, including claims, abstract and drawings in triplicate, in English or Amharic (four copies required);
- Certified copy of priority document(s);
- Assignment of priority rights;
- Assignment of Invention, simply signed;
- Filing date and number of any corresponding foreign applications;
- Results of search and examination of any corresponding foreign applications and evidence of grant thereof;
Patent of Introduction
- Certified copy of the base patent, notarised;
- Power of Attorney legalised up to the Ethiopian Consul.
15 years calculated from the filing date. Extension of this term is possible for a further period of five years, provided that the patent is properly worked in Ethiopia, and subject to both the payment of renewal fees annually in advance and submission of proof of working of the invention in Ethiopia for each year as from the third year after the patent has been granted.
Patent of Introduction
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. The patent only remains in force, however, by virtue of both payment of renewal fees annually in advance, beginning on the first anniversary of the date of filing, and submission of proof of working of the invention in Ethiopia for each year as from the third year after the patent has been granted.
|Annuities||Renewal fees are payable annually from the date of filing. Failure to pay renewal fees when due, or within a six month period of grace, will lead to lapse of the patent or application.|
Ethiopia - Implementation of New Trade Mark Regulations - Update
Since commencing the process of the re-registration of old trade marks, the Ethiopian IPO (EIPO) has altered some of its requirements.
2nd May 2013
Ethiopia - Implementation of New Trade Mark Regulations
The Ethiopian IPO (EIPO) has commenced the process of re-registering trade marks filed under the old law. It is our understanding that trade marks filed under the former law, namely prior to 7 July 2006, have to be re-registered, whilst those filed between 7 July 2006 and 24 December 2012 will be subject to amendment.
27th March 2013
Ethiopia - Publication of New Trade Mark Regulations
New Regulations were published in Ethiopia on 24 December 2012, bringing into force the Trade Mark Registration and Protection Proclamation 2006, dated 7 July 2006.
28th February 2013
Ethiopia - Implementation of New Trade Mark Law
New Trade Mark Regulations were published in Ethiopia on 24 December 2012, giving full force and effect to the Trade Mark Registration and Protection Proclamation of 2006.
30th January 2013