Withdrawing an Application for Trademark in Ethiopia

Trademark registration is an important process for protecting a company’s brand and identity. In Ethiopia, the process is regulated by the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) and involves several steps, including the submission of an application form and required documents. However, there may be instances where an applicant may wish to withdraw their trademark application while it is still pending. This article will provide a comprehensive guide on how to withdraw an application for a trademark in Ethiopia.

Why Withdraw a Trademark Application?

There are several reasons why an applicant may choose to withdraw their trademark application while it is still pending. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • The applicant may have changed their mind and no longer wish to register the trademark
  • The trademark may have been deemed too similar to another already registered trademark
  • The trademark may have been deemed too similar to a well-known trademark in Ethiopia
  • The applicant may have discovered a mistake in the application form or required documents

Regardless of the reason, the applicant has the right to withdraw their trademark application at any time while it is still pending.

How to Withdraw a Trademark Application

Withdrawing a trademark application in Ethiopia is a straightforward process. The applicant must simply send a written request to the EIPO, stating that they wish to withdraw their trademark application. The written request should include the following information:

  • The name and address of the applicant
  • The trademark that is the subject of the application
  • A statement that the applicant wishes to withdraw their trademark application

It is important to note that the EIPO may require additional information or clarification regarding the withdrawal request. If this is the case, the EIPO will contact the applicant and provide instructions on what additional information is needed.

Once the written request has been received by the EIPO, the trademark application will be deemed withdrawn. The applicant will receive a written confirmation of the withdrawal from the EIPO, and the trademark application will no longer be pending.

Withdrawing an application for a trademark in Ethiopia is a simple process that can be done at any time while the application is still pending. By sending a written request to the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO), the applicant can effectively withdraw their trademark application and stop the registration process. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the withdrawal of a trademark application, it is recommended that you seek the advice of a trademark attorney or the EIPO for guidance.