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ETHIOPIA

 

HOW TO REGISTER A PATENT

Patent protection in Ethiopia is available via a national filing. According to our information, Ethiopia has not signed any reciprocity agreements as regards the claiming of priority. However, from previous cases filed for clients in Ethiopia, it appears that the Ethiopian Patent Office is prepared to recognise priority claims provided the application is filed within 12 months of the first claim to priority.

The requirements for filing an application in Ethiopia are as follows:

  1. a power of attorney, signed,  notarised and legalised up to Ethiopian consular level;
  2. assignment of invention, signed, notarised and legalised up to Ethiopian consular level;
  3. description, claims, abstract and drawings in the English language; and
  4. certified copy of the priority application, notarised and legalised up to Ethiopian consular level.

Whereas item c) is required upon filing, items a), b) and d) can be filed up to 30 days after the Ethiopian application filing date.

The patent application is subject to substantive examination which usually takes place within 3 years after all the formal requirements have been satisfied. Substantive examination can be avoided and grant expedited by filing a copy of a patent granted on a corresponding application in another country. In this manner a patent can be granted within a period of less than a year after the application is filed.

The cost of filing a patent application in Ethiopia is currently in the region of between about US$ 2800.00 and US$ 3000.00.

 

HOW TO REGISTER A DESIGN

Design protection in Ethiopia is available. According to our information, Ethiopia has not signed any reciprocity agreements as regards the claiming of priority. However, from previous cases filed for clients in Ethiopia, it appears that the Ethiopian Patent Office is prepared to recognise priority claims provided the application is filed within 6 months of the first claim to priority.

The requirements for filing an application in Ethiopia are as follows:

  1. power of attorney, signed, notarised and legalised up to Ethiopian consular level - can be lodged within 1 month of the filing date of the Ethiopian application;
  2. assignment of design, signed, notarised and legalised up to Ethiopian consular level - can be lodged within 1 month of the filing date of the Ethiopian application;
  3. 4 graphic representations or drawings - required on the day of filing;
  4. certified copy of the priority application, notarised and legalised up to Ethiopian consular level - can be lodged within 1 month of the filing date of the Ethiopian application; and
  5. verified English translation of the priority application (if applicable) - can be lodged within 1 month of the filing date of the Ethiopian application.

The cost of filing a design application in Ethiopia is currently in the region of between about US$ 2800.00 and US$ 3000.00.

 

HOW TO REGISTER A TRADEMARK

1.     Filing requirements

1.1 Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).

1.2 List of goods and/or services.

1.3 Clear copy of device mark.

1.4 A notarised Power of Attorney legalised by the competent authorities and the Ethiopian embassy in the relevant country.

1.5 a certified copy of the original Home Registration Certificate granted in favour of the relevant trademark for use in connection with the same classes applied for in Ethiopia. If home registration certificate is not available, a cerified copy of a Registration Cerfificate granted anywhere else outside the country of the applicant will suffice provided that such a registration is valid for at least a further one year from date of application here in Ethiopia, and covers at least the relevant class(es) and description of goods or services thereunder. 

OR

1.6 a certified copy of the Certificate of Incorporation of the applicant together with a certified copy of its Trade License(s) corresponding to the same trade in connection with which the relevant trade mark is used.

2.     General

2.1a Duration: 7 years from date registration and renewable for further periods of 7 years.

2.1b Duration if priority is claimed: 7 years from priority date and renewable from further periods of 7 years.

3.     Classification

3.1 The International Classification of Goods and Services (Nice Classification) is applied.

3.2 Multiclass - Yes.

4.     Costs USD

4.1a Application: 1 trade mark in 1 class $1695.00; additional classes filed simultaneously $140.00 each.

4.1b additional marks filed simultaneously $15950.00 each.

4.1c Claiming priority: $110.00.

4.2 Publication and registration fees: $580.00.

4.3 Assignment: First trade mark $1200.00, additional marks filed simultaneously $960.00 each.

4.4 Change of name or address: First trade mark $890.00, additional marks filed simultaneously $830.00 each.

4.5 Renewal: First mark $1290.00, additional marks renewed simultaneously $11500.00 each.

4.6 Searches: 1 mark in 1 class $560.00 each; additional classes $130.00 each.

*Above quotations exclude courier charges.

**Please note that the application fee covers the filing costs, normal prosecution, advertisement and registration costs of the application only. Additional costs could well arise upon examination of the application which are difficult to estimate as it would depend on the various requirements raised by the Registrar i.e. disclaimers, admissions etc.