Ethiopia - timetable for trade mark re-registration

As previously advised, the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) has issued a Directive confirming that all old-system cautionary notice 'registrations' filed before the effective date of the Proclamation (7 July 2006) are no longer effective but the owners of these 'registrations' will have a 'sunrise period' until 24 June 2014 within which to re-register their marks in terms of the new law.

The EIPO will be dealing with the old law 'registrations' in consecutive numerical order Click here to view the timetable.

Please note that the timetable is to assist the EIPO in dealing with a large backlog of work and while every effort should be made to comply with the timetable the EIPO will still accept all applications for re-registration properly filed by the deadline of 24 June 2014.

The EIPO has also confirmed that applications or registrations filed between 7 July 2006 and 24 December 2012 will be dealt with in terms of the new law, and do not need to be re-registered, although it will be necessary to apply for new certificates of registration upon payment of a fee by 24 June 2014.

For further information, please speak to your usual Spoor & Fisher contact or contact us at

Compiled by: Wayne Meiring 

Date published: 2013/03/26
Author: Wayne Meiring

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