Following much discussion with the Director-General and the Registrar of Trade Marks in Ethiopia, as well as several changes in procedure, precipitated by conflicting Directives being issued, the Director-General is now endeavouring to commit to one set of procedures for protecting marks in Ethiopia. Although these current Directives may be contrary to the spirit of the Act and Regulations, we seemingly must apply the following provisions:
In support of new trade mark applications, we require a certified (by the issuing authority) copy of a home or foreign registration certificate, together with a legalized Power of Attorney. As an alternative to a home registration certificate, a business license can be relied upon. However, this should be avoided if at all possible, as the requirements are onerous and the Director-General is very specific about the format that these licenses should follow.
For applications filed prior to 7 July 2006 and now to be re-filed, the same supporting documentation is required, but we may be able to rely on legalised Powers of Attorney previously submitted.
Applications filed after 7 July 2006 simply undergo an amendment to the registration certificate in order to reflect renewal term specified by the new law, being 7 years. If the agent who is the address for service in respect of the application has a legalised Power of Attorney in his possession, no further supporting documentation is required.
Our costs relating to all of the above are set out in the attached tariff sheet.
Lastly, lists generated by the Registry were widely circulated, reflecting application/registration numbers and dates on which certain marks should be re-filed. We have received confirmation that the Registry is not strictly following this schedule and applications can now be re-filed. Regarding applications filed after 7 July 2006 (re-registrations/amendments) the Registry is finalising the process.