Patent Filing Requirements
Power of Attorney
Must be legalised and filed within 2 months of the filing date.
Specification, claims, drawings and abstract
The specification, claims, drawings and abstract are required upon filing.
Deed of Assignment
Must be legalised (no set deadline).
Certificate of Incorporation
(if the applicant is a company), which must be legalised. There is no set deadline.
Priority Document (if applicable)
(if applicable) must be filed within 2 months of the filing date.
Patent Filing Information
Priority may still be claimed from a foreign application filed no more than 12 months previously.
Formal and substantive examination are conducted.
The patent has a duration of 15 years from the date of filing, with a possible extension of 5 years.
Maintenance fees / Renewal fees
Annual maintenance fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing. There is a 6-month grace period to pay the maintenance fees.
Ethiopia Patent Agents
Smit & van Wyk, Inc. patent agents in Africa: Our services include patent filings, maintenance and protection in Ethiopia. The patent and trade mark 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.