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Ethiopia: Official Re-Registration Schedule Released

March 19, 2013

Pursuant to the recently introduced regulations implementing the Ethiopian Trademark Law of 2006,  new trademark applications must be submitted at the Trademark Office by no later than June 24, 2014 for all marks that were filed in the country before July 7, 2006. The Trademark Office has just released a schedule grouping the marks in this category into 15 batches. Owners are expected to re-file the mark within the time frame specified for each batch, or else the mark will be considered abandoned.This procedure has most probably been introduced in an attempt to have the build-up of work immediately taken care of. All re-filed applications will of course not be registered automatically but will be subject to examination on absolute and relative grounds.

The requirements for re-registration of a trademark are as follows:
1. Power of attorney, legalized up to the Ethiopian Consulate.
2. Certified copy of corresponding home or foreign registration certificate with English translation, notarized. If unavailable, copy of certificate of incorporation, with English translation, certified.

In light of the above, we will be reviewing all files in our records and we will notify clients of all the next steps that need to be taken.

Registration Number

Time Frame to Re-file the Application

0001-0400

March 25, 2013 – April 23, 2013

0401-0800

April 24, 2013  –   May 23, 2013

0801-1200

May 24, 2013  –  June 22, 2013

1201-1600

June 23, 2013 –  July 22, 2013

1601-2000

July 23, 2013 – August 21, 2013

2001-2400

August 22, 2013 – September 20, 2013

2401-2800

September  21, 2013 – October 20, 2013

2801-3200

October 21, 2013 – November 19, 2013

3201-3600

November 20, 2013 – December 19, 2013

3601-4000

December  20, 2013 – January 18, 2014

4001-4400

January 19, 2014 – February 18, 2014

4401-4800

February 19, 2014 – March 20, 2014

4801-5200

March 21, 2014 – April 19, 2014

5201-5600

April 20, 2014 – May 19, 2014

5601-5900

May 20, 2014 – June 18, 2014

Should you have any questions, or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@sabaip.com