IP Updates Ethiopia: Trademark Renewal Update

The Ethiopian Trademarks Office has issued new stipulations to enforce the Regulation of renewal of 2006 Act No. 25 clause 4, which requires all renewals to be published with the Official Gazette and a local newspaper.

With immediate effect, the trademark office shall now record the effecting of a renewal registration and thereafter notify the same in the intellectual property gazette and a newspaper having nationwide circulation in Amharic. We wish to kindly clarify that the Amharic publications of the renewal is a must; however, requesting the same additionally in English is left to the discretion of the trademark owner.