Trademark Registration Ethiopia

We register your trademark with the Patent and Trademark Office of Ethiopia. The price includes our lawyer’s fees as well as all official fees for the registration and implementation of the trademark without opposition.
EUR 1,150.00
More Information
Flat fee incl. official feesYes
Fee additional classEUR 290.00
Classes included1
Multiple classes possibleyes
Protection Period (years)10
International Registration possibleNo
Power of Attorney must be notarizedYes
Legal AdviceYes
Process Duration (est. in months)6
Application date
EUR 1,150.00

Trademark Registration in Ethiopia

With this assignment you can order a trademark registration in Ethiopia. We will take care of everything that is necessary for the professional preparation of the trademark registration in Ethiopia, submission of the trademark application in Ethiopia and send the trademark certificate to you.

The price for trademark registration in Ethiopia includes our professional fees as well as the official trademark office fees for the trademark registration in Ethiopia without opposition.

The trademark registration order for Ethiopia includes the following tasks:

First, we check whether the trademark being registered is entitled to protection in Ethiopia (absolute grounds of refusal). Not all trademarks can be registered as trademarks. For instance, merely descriptive terms for the respective goods and services may not be registered as a trademark.

To avoid collisions between your trademark registration in Ethiopia and older trademarks we recommend to conduct a trademark search in Ethiopia which must be ordered separately.

We will e-mail you the prepared trademark registration documents for Ethiopia for your approval and file it then.

Once the trademark was registered in Ethiopia we send you the certificate.

Trademark Law Ethiopia

Filing documents

PoA duly notarized

Application procedure

The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness and a search for prior trademarks. Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness has been acquired by use. The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) examines the application as to form and substance. If the application is found to be acceptable, a notice inviting opposition is published in two newspapers in English and Amharic. The trademark will be registered unless opposition is submitted to the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office within the opposition period.

National Opposition Period

The opposition period is 60 days from the publication date of the notice of invitation for opposition.


The approximate time frame for completing the registration process of a trademark in Ethiopia is about 6 to 8 months from the filing date.


A trademark registration is valid for 7 years from the date of submission of the application for registration. The registration is renewable for consecutive periods of 7 years.

Opposition Process in Ethiopia

Any person who objects to the registration of a trade mark may file a notice of opposition stating the grounds, together with supporting documentation, at the EIPO. The EIPO sends a copy to the applicant, who may then file a counter-statement within the prescribed period. If the trade mark applicant fails to file a counter-statement, the application shall be deemed to be abandoned. If a counter-statement is filed, the EIPO examines the merits of the case and makes a decision. It is possible to appeal the EIPO’s decision to the court.

Use requirements 

A trade mark may in law be cancelled on the ground that it has not been used in Ethiopia for a continuous period of at least three years. The Proclamation requires use within three years of registration, but this is not applied in practice, and as such, there are no use requirements enforced at present.



Ask us! We will gladly advise you.

Jens Liesegang
Attorney-at-Law, Certified IP Lawyer

Normen Lang
Attorney-at-Law, Certified IP Lawyer and Certified lawyer for Information Technology Law

Service overview regarding trademark registration

Legal advice by specialist attorneys by telephone, email or video on the planned trademark application

Examination of the trademark for registrability (absolute grounds for refusal such as the need to keep the trademark free due to descriptive indications, lack of distinctiveness)

Optional: Trademark search for similar trademarks and related advice

Preparation of the list of goods and services for optimal protection

Filing of the application and sending of the confirmation of the application

Correspondence with the Trademark Office, if necessary adjustment of the list of goods and forwarding of objections without further costs. Opposition proceedings and comments on refusals only against separate remuneration.

Examination and sending of the trademark certificate   

optional: trademark monitoring due to conflicting trademark applications

What is a trademark?

A trademark is for your brand name or logo which identifies your product or services. It can be a word, letter, number, phrase, symbol, shape or combination thereof. A unique brand name or logo is used to differentiate your product/service as distinct from others in the industry. To secure legal protection for your brand name or logo you need to get it registered.

What trademarks are NOT registerable?

Any trademark, which is identical or deceptively similar to an existing registered trademark or trademark for which application for registration has been made, cannot be registered. Also trademark that would likely cause deception or confusion or is offensive may not be registered. Geographical names, common names, common trade words and common abbreviation can also not be registered as a trademark.

What does a trademark application cost in other countries?

We have prepared a cost overview of the costs of trademark registration in all countries. In it, you will find a table listing all the costs for filing a trademark application. The costs include all attorney fees and the costs of the trademark offices.

What are the benefits of a trademark registration?

Although unregistered trademarks receive some protection in different countries, trademarks can be further protected through registration. A trademark registration provides additional substantive and procedural rights. In this article you can find more details about the benefits of a trademark registration.

When can I use symbol (R) or TM?

Symbol “TM” can be used after filing of trademark application. (R) should be used only after registration of trademark. The ® symbol may only be used in connection with the goods and services listed on the registration certificate.

How do I find and register a trademark?

We have summarized in an article how to proceed strategically to develop and protect a meaningful trademark in our article Strategy for Trademark Finding.





What are Nice Classes?

Trademarks need to be protected for specific goods or services. Here you can learn more about the Nice Classification and for which goods your trademark should be registered.

What is trademark infringement?

Trademark infringement is the unauthorized use of a trademark or service mark on or in connection with goods and/or services in a manner that is likely to cause confusion, deception, or mistake about the source of the goods and/or services.

Will my trademark registration be valid for all types of services and goods?

Trademarks are registered for specific goods or services. Therefore they are only valid for these specific goods. The classes, to which these goods or services belong, are only relevant for the calculation of fees and to narrow searches for similar trademarks. A trademark can also be infringed if an identical or similar sign is used for similar goods or services. Goods or services are similar if they are complimentary or serve the same purpose, are usually produced or offered by the same undertakings and distributed in the same channels.

Should I conduct a trademark search before filing for an application?

Yes, it is advisable to conduct a trademark search before filing an application for registration. Before making an application for registration it is reasonable to review trademarks that are already registered, just to make sure that the proposed trademark is not denied due to similarity with other trademarks. It will save you both time and money. You can order a professional trademark search here.

How do I register a trademark?

In our article "How do I register a trademark?" we explain the steps involved in a trademark application and the best way to proceed.

What is the difference between a word mark and a word/figurative mark?

There are different types of trademarks. The most important ones are the word mark and the word/figurative mark. In our article What's the difference between a word mark and a word/figurative mark, we explain the differences and which type will give you the most trademark protection.


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