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Ethiopia: TMO Simplifies Formalities

August 16, 2008

Starting August 2008, the Ethiopian Trademark Office dropped the legalization requirement for all documents filed at the Office except for the power of attorney. The only authentication requirement for these documents will be a valid attestation by a Notary Public.

For further clarification, we list below the statutory requirements for filing a trademark application at the Ethiopian Trademark Office along with the revised authentication procedures:

Trademark Application
1. Power of attorney, legalized.
2. Certified copy of corresponding home registration certificate with English translation,notarized.
3. 15 prints of the mark for each application.

Assignment Application
1. Power of attorney from the assignee, legalized.
2. Either deed of assignment, with English translation, notarized or a certified copy of the corresponding home or foreign registration reflecting the assignee as the proprietor with English translation, notarized.

Change of Name Application
1. Power of attorney, legalized.
2. Certificate of change of name with English translation, notarized or a certified copy of the corresponding home or foreign registration reflecting the change of name with English translation, notarized.

Change of Address Application
Power of attorney, legalized.

Licensing Application
1. Power of attorney, legalized.
2. License agreement, with English translation, notarized.

Merger Application
1. Power of attorney, legalized.
2. Either certificate of merger, with English translation, notarized or a certified copy of the corresponding home or foreign registration reflecting the new name resulting from the merger as the proprietor, with English translation, notarized.

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