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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If you need to protect your Intellectual Property abroad, through our Global Network of offices and associates, we can make your Intellectual Property assets expand to every nation you desire, ensuring full legal protection of your rights.

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Patent Details and Timeframes

Priority claim


Substantive Examination


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


  •  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.

Latest news


Presenting E-POA – Ethiopia’s Online Power of Attorney Service

We are pleased to inform our clients from the United States that a new app has been launched to revolutionize the legalization process of Power of Attorneys from Ethiopia. The Consular Office, through the website, provides an expedite service that allows applicants and agents to fill in the E-POA form, make the payment and send it to the Embassy of Ethiopia for the online legalization process in less than 24-48 hours. The app was conceived to save time and costs to both the applicants and agents and is set to modernize the system whilst having a zero-fraud rate.  The App is currently available for download for Apple and Android devices and on the website the agents can find helpful tutorials to guide themselves through the process without fuss. At the moment the E-POA service is available for the PoA issued in the United States but the system it will soon expand to countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. If you have any queries about the App E-POA, please feel free to contact us at

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