Under the Ethiopian legal system the court, which has jurisdiction on trademark prosecution, is the federal high court. It shall order prompt and effective provisional measures to
- Prevent an infringement of trade mark right from occurring in particular to prevent the entry into the channels of commerce of import and export goods after completing customs formalities or
- Present relevant evidence in regard to an alleged infringement of a right
The court after hearing a case of infringement of a trademark owner’s right is entitled to
- Pass an injunction to stop the defendant from continuing the act of infringement and
- Order the defendant to compensate the damage inflicted to the claimant due to the infringement.
Criminal sanctions for trademark infringement
Whosoever intentionally violates a right protected under this proclamation shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment of a term of not less than 5 years and not more the layers Moreover, whosoever by negligence violated a right protected under this Proclamation shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment of a term not less than 1 year and not more than 5 years.
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