On 24 December 2012, new Regulations were published in Ethiopia, bringing into force the Trade Mark Registration and Protection Proclamation 2006, dated 7 July 2006.

The Regulations have required owners of trade mark registrations filed under the old law, namely before 7 July 2006, to re-register their existing registrations. This applies to all cases filed prior to 7 July 2006, irrespective of whether they have been renewed since. The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) has confirmed that the deadline for re-registering cases registered under the old law will be 18 June 2014. The EIPO will not be accepting applications for re-registration after that date.

The new law extends the term of trade mark registrations in Ethiopia from 6 to 7 years, and provision is made in the Regulations for the amendment of the term of registrations filed between 7 July 2006 and 24 December 2012. The EIPO has announced that it is now accepting applications for amendment of such registrations, but the deadline for amending such cases will also expire on 18 June 2014.

Finally, the EIPO has clarified the status of registrations which became due for renewal between 24 December 2012 and 18 June 2014. We are pleased to report that such registrations are now being renewed for a period of 7 years, without requiring amendment first.

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