Where any applicant files his application in Ethiopia, Within six monthly from the date on which he first filed in a foreign country, an application for the same trademark in respect of same goods or services, the date on which the application was first filed in the foreign country shall be regarded as the date of filing if the applicant claims the right of priority and furnishes within the prescribed time limit a copy of the earlier application certified as correct by the office with which it was filed and other documents and information as prescribed.

After an application is published and until the registration of the trademark the applicant has the same privileges and rights as he/she could have if the trademark had been registered validity effect from the date of application.

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Any pertinent information about trade mark registration and protection can be available from any Ethiopian Trade mark Lawyer, Ethiopian Copyright Lawyer or Ethiopian Intellectual Property Lawyer.