ETHIOPIATrademark Applications

Nice Classification ✓
Madrid System ✘
Multi-class Applications ✓

Trademark Filing Requirements

Power of Attorney
Must be notarized and legalized up to the Ethiopian Consulate.
If we attend to legalization: only scanned copy of signed Power of Attorney required.

Proof of activity of the applicant
A notarized copy of a registration certificate for the same trade mark in the same class registered in home/foreign country; OR
A notarized copy of applicant company’s business license. The business license must specifically authorize the applicant to provide the goods or services in relation to which the trade mark registration is sought; OR
The application must be filed with a priority claim within 6 months from the filing date of the priority application and the priority documents must be lodged at the time of filing.

Priority Documents
(if priority is claimed) A copy of the priority application, certified by the relevant Trademarks Office as a true copy, and legalised.

Details of the Applicant
Full names.
Address (must be the same as on the Power of Attorney and Proof of Activity).
Nationality / country of incorporation.

Details of the Trade Mark(s)
Word mark or logo.
If the trademark is a logo, please send electronically.
Details of colours claimed, if applicable.

List of goods and/or services
(try to limit to 5 items per application, additional charges may apply for each additional item over 5).

Details of priority Application, if applicable:
Filing Date.
Nationality / country of incorporation.

Trademark Filing Information


  • The International Classification of Goods and Services is followed.
  • Multi-class applications are possible: 1 application covers 1 trademark in any number of classes

Time Frames

  • Informal Search: 4 – 5 business days
  • Formal Search: 5 – 10 business days
  • From filing up to Registration: 10 – 12 months
  • Opposition Period: 60 days from publication
  • Duration: 7 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 7 years.


  • The informal search is done in an internal database of published trademarks.
  • The formal search is conducted directly in the official trademarks register.
  • Applications are examined for formal and substantial requirements and conflict with prior registrations or pending applications.
  • Accepted applications will be published for opposition purposes.
  • If no opposition is filed, the registration certificate will be issued.

Ethiopia Trade Mark Agents

Smit & van Wyk, Inc. trademark agents in Africa: Our services include trademark applications, maintenance and protection in Ethiopia. The patent and trademark 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.