Are you a trademark owner, trademark agent, Trademark Lawyer … etc, that has trademark registration related interest in Ethiopia? If so, we assume you should read this.
In Ethiopia Trademark registration process is undergoing a fundamental revision process. As part of this process a New Trademark Regulations is published in Ethiopia on 24 December 2012, followed by the issuance of detailed directive by the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office.
According to this new law, owners of Trademarks that are already registered in Ethiopia will mandatorily be required to file new applications within 18 months of the publication date, which is by no means no later than June 24, 2014. These new applications will not be registered automatically but will be subject to examination on absolute and relative grounds.
Generally the salient features of the new Trademark Law are listed below
1. Priority Claim
Claim of priority, based upon an earlier-filed foreign application, is possible. Here applicants who have registered their marks prior to the coming of the 2006 proclamation will enjoy the priority right to register their marks earlier than others.
The priority of countries adopting the Paris Convention will be recognized.