Trademark Registration Ethiopia
|Flat fee incl. official fees||Yes|
|Fee additional class||EUR 290.00|
|Multiple classes possible||yes|
|Protection Period (years)||10|
|International Registration possible||No|
|Power of Attorney must be notarized||Yes|
|Process Duration (est. in months)||6|
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
PoA duly notarized
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.
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.