Ethiopia's new regulations were published in Ethiopia on 24 December 2012, bringing into force the Trade Mark Registration and Protection Proclamation 2006. The changes include the following:
- Cancellation and invalidation procedures will apply and the renewal period will be extended from 6 to 7 years.Trade mark applications filed after 7 July 2006 but before 24 December 2012 will be subject to amendment, extending their term from six years to seven. As for the new trade mark applications, a power of attorney should be legalised by an Ethiopian Consul, as well as a Certificate of Incorporation with verified English translation.
- Priority can be claimed, based on an earlier application in a foreign country.
- Publication and opposition procedures will be introduced.
- International classification of goods and services will be followed.
Soucre: Newsletter of the Abu Ghazaleh Intellectual Property Group (AGIP).