Trademarks: Ethiopia

General Information

There are no statutory provisions for the registration of trade marks. Protection can, however, be obtained under a non-statutory but formalized system. This involves publishing a Cautionary Notice in English and Amharic language newspapers, and then filing cuttings with the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

In the absence of objections by third parties the Ministry will issue a ‘Trade Marks Certificate’.

This process must be repeated at intervals of six years, and in addition short-form Notices must be published every two years.

Classification : Until recently, classification was not referred to. However, it is recommend that lists of goods/services be classified. A single application may include goods and/or services in any number of classes.

Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  • A) First Cautionary Notices
  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Ethiopian Consulate.
  2. Certified copy of corresponding home registration or, in the absence thereof, any foreign registration legalized up to Ethiopian Consulate, with English translation.
  3. Prints of the Mark (if not a word mark).
  • B) Subsequent Cautionary Notices

Six-yearly re-publications-

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Ethiopian Consulate.
  2. Copy Registration as in A(2) legalized up to Ethiopian Consulate.

Two-yearly short Notices 
No supporting documents required.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Ethiopian Consulate.
  2. Either Deed of Assignment or other instrument of title legalized up to Ethiopian Consulate. Or certified copy of corresponding home or foreign registration, reflecting the assignee as the proprietor legalized up to Ethiopian Consulate.

Change of Name/Address Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney legalized up to Ethiopian Consulate.
  2. Either Certificate of Change of Name, Or certified copy of copy of corresponding home or foreign registration reflecting the change of name legalized up to Ethiopian Consulate.

 

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