Trade Marks

International Arrangements:

None

The implementing Regulations needed to give effect to the 2006 Trademark Registration and Protection Proclamation in Ethiopia were published on 24 December 2012. The eighteen month ‘sunrise period’ for re-registering existing trade marks deposits, filed before 7 July 2006, took effect from 24 December 2012. Following a further six month extension, the ‘sunrise period’ expired 24 December 2014 and it is no longer possible to re-register trade marks filed before 7 July 2006. A new application must be filed.

Applications filed between 7 July 2006 and 24 December 2012 will be dealt with under the 2006 law and do not need to be re-registered as the seven-year term under the new law applies. We recommend that these should continue to be prosecuted and finalised. It is, however, necessary to revalidate them by applying for new certificates of registration upon payment of additional fees.

Categories of Trade Marks:

There are provisions for registration of SERVICE MARKS, COLLECTIVE MARKS and SERIES MARKS.
There is no provision for CERTIFICATION and DEFENSIVE MARKS.

Classification:

The International Classification of goods and services applies.
A single application may cover any number of classes of goods and/or services.

Documents required:

A. New Applications

  • Power of Attorney*
  • Certified copy of corresponding home or foreign registration, with verified English translation, signed and stamped by the translator.
    OR
    Certified copy of the proprietor’s Business License (if available) detailing the goods and/or services to be covered by the application, with verified English translation, signed and stamped by the translator. If the proprietor’s country does not have a Business License system then a certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation may be used instead provided it lists the business activities as being closely related to the goods/services to be protected in Ethiopia.
  • 16 prints, except for word marks in ordinary type.
  • Priority document (if applicable), with verified English translation, signed and stamped by the translator.

B. Revalidation of Applications Filed between 7 July 2006 and 24 December 2012.

  • Simple copy of the original registration certificate (if not on our records).

C. Renewals

  • Power of attorney* – only if we have not attended to previous publications.

D. Assignments/Mergers

  • Power of Attorney.*
  • Deed of Assignment, or other instrument of title, with English translation, signed and stamped by the translator.*
  • 16 prints, except for word marks in ordinary type.

E. Change of Name

  • Power of Attorney.*
  • Certificate of change of name, with English translation, signed and stamped by the translator.*

F. Change of Address

  • Power of Attorney.*

G. Licences/Registered Users

  • Power of Attorney.*
  • License Agreement, with verified English translation, signed and stamped by the translator.*

* To be legalised up to an Ethiopian Consul.

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