Grace Period/Prior knowledge
There is provided for a one-year grace period.
Design applications are examined as to compliance with formal requirements, novelty and industrial applicability.
Duration & Maintenance
An industrial design endures for an initial period of five years and may be renewed (on application) for a ten-year period, five years at a time.
Annual renewal fees are not payable, but renewal fees are payable upon filing a request for the extension of the industrial design (for a further five-year period).
There is no requirement for working the industrial design in Ethiopia.