ETHIOPIA: Design Applications

✘  Paris Convention

Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Must be legalised and filed within 2 months of the filing date.

Drawings or photographs are required upon filing.

Description of the design
A description of the products for which the design is to be used, is required on the day of filing.

Deed of Assignment
Must be legalised (no set deadline).

Priority Documents
(if applicable) Must be filed within 3 months of the filing date.

Further Information


  • Priority may still be claimed 6 months from the first filing date of a foreign application.

Duration and Renewal

  • The design has an initial term of 5 years from the date of filing, with possible extensions of two further terms of 5 years each upon payment of the required renewal fees.

Ethiopia Design Agents

Smit & van Wyk, Inc. design agents in Africa: Our services include design applications, maintenance and protection in Ethiopia. The patent attorneys at our firm are dedicated individuals, skilled in their fields of practice, and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the world.