Ethiopia 

Paths to protection

Ways to protect your invention

Patents are a way of protecting your inventions. By filing a successful patent you will be awarded a monopoly to exploit your invention for a period of time.

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Patent Details and Timeframes

Priority claim

Available

Substantive Examination

Available

Body responsible for non-use cancellations

IP Office

Time until registration

3 years

Opposition Period

Special Case

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Use Requirement Period

4 years

Requirements

  •  Applicant data.
  •  Copy of priority document (if applicable).
  •  Patent title, abstract, description, claims and drawings.
  •  Deed of Assignment.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  Certificate of incorporation, legalized (if applicable).
  •  Certified copy of the priority document, with a verified English translation.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  Deed of assignment, legalized.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  Certificate of change of name, legalized.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  Certificate of change of name, with verified English translation.
  •  Certificate of change of address, legalized.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  License agreement.
  •  Licensing/Assignment agreement, legalized.
  •  Power of attorney, legalized.
  •  License agreement, with verified English translation.

Remarks: All documents must be legalized up to an Ethiopian consulate.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Patent Procedure at Ethiopian IP Office and the payment of the search and examination fee

The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) has changed the procedure regarding patent search and examination fee, based on Article 28 (2) of the Inventions, Minor Inventions & Industrial Design Regulation Number 12/1997. According to this new procedure, implemented at the end of the last year, an applicant should pay search and substantive examination fee of USD 200 after filing an application. Although there is no specific period for attending this payment, the EIPO recommends that this should be done as soon as possible. In the previous procedure, the search and substantive examination fee was required at the last stage or after the patent is granted. Therefore, the implementation of this new procedure, which was already foreseen by Ethiopian Regulation but was not applied, will allow greater control of the patent registration phases and the costs minimization by the Institute.

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