ETHIOPIA

Patents  •  Designs  •  Trade Marks
Ethiopia is the second-most populous country in Africa and used to be the 3rd poorest country in the world. The Ethiopian government is in the process of privatising many of the state-owned businesses and moving toward a market economy. Ethiopia now has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world (the expansion of agriculture, construction and services accounts for most of this).

Trade Marks

Nice Classification ✓
Madrid System ✘
Multi-class Applications ✓
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Registration Timetable:
From Filing to Registration, 12  Months.

Duration and Renewal:
Valid for a period of 7 years, and renewed for consecutive periods of 7 years.

Ethiopia is a First to Use country
(whomever first USES a particular trade mark gets the rights)

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Patents

Paris Convention ✘
PCT ✘
Examination ✓
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Registration Timetable:
Complete Patent, 18 Months.

Duration and Renewal:
The patent has a duration of 15 years from the date of filing, with a possible extension of 5 years.

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Designs

Paris Convention ✘
Locarno Classification ✘
Hague Agreement ✘
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Registration Timetable:
Registered Design, 12 – 18 Months.

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.

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Copyright

Copyright can be registered in Ethiopia.

Duration:
Copyright lasts for the duration of the life of the author and a period of 50 years from the end of the year in which the author dies.

Renewal:
None

Economy

Ethiopia’s key economic sectors:
Agriculture, forestry and fishing, Minerals and mining, Energy, Manufacturing, Transport, Road, Air, Rail.

Ethiopia is one of world’s largest producers of:
Ethiopia is also Africa’s second biggest maize producer. Coffee, pulses, beans, oilseeds, cereals, potatoes, sugarcane, and vegetables.

Main Export Partners (2015):
Switzerland, China, United States, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Germany.

Main Import Partners (2015):
China, United States, Saudi Arabia, India, Belarus.