Patent is a legal form of protection that provides a person or legal entity with exclusive rights to exclude others from making, using, or selling a concept or invention for the duration of the patent. This exclusive right is granted by the EIPO for an invention that is new, involves an inventive step and is capable of industrial application.Patentable Inventions NOVELTY not anticipated by prior art
Right to a Patent
The right to a patent shall belong to the inventor. If two or more persons have jointly made an invention the right to the patent shall belong to them jointly. In the absence of an agreement to the contrary, the right to a patent for an invention made in the execution of a contract of service or employment shall belong to the person having commissioned the work or the employer.
Copyright According to the proclamation of Copyright and Neighboring Rights, 410/2004; Copyright means an economic right subsisting in a work and where appropriate includes moral right of an author.Based on the proclamation of 410/2004; these are lists of works that protected by copyright:
requirements of copyright
The work must be original and it has to be fixed in a tangible form of expression.
Not anticipated by prior art Prior art consist everything disclosed to the public, anywhere in the world by publication legible form or by oral disclosure, by use or in any other way. INVENTIVE STEP Compared to the prior art if the invention is not obvious to a person having ordinary skill in the art.
Non Patentable Inventions
Inventions contrary to public order or morality. Plant or animal varieties or essentially biological processes for the production of plants or animals Schemes, rules or methods for playing games or performing commercial and industrial activities and computer programs. Discoveries, scientific theories and mathematical methods.
Technology Development Plays Crucial Role for Sustainable Economic Growth
Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) held a forum with the members of the National Appropriate Technology Project Committee selected from various government offices and higher educations on August 26, 2015 at the office meeting hall after the WIPO initiatives agreement on Capacity Building in the Use of Appropriate Technology Specific Technical and Scientific Information as a solution for Identified Development Challenges.Read More
Public Wing and Stakeholders Conference Held
Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office held conference with public wing and stakeholder on the performance of the first growth and transformation plan, (GTP I) the second growth and transformation plan (GTP II) and the 2015/16 fiscal year plan on October 1, 2015 at the Office conference hall.Read More
Training of Trainers Held
A three day training of trainers (ToT) was held on utilization of Intellectual Property in small and medium sized enterprises from July 21 – 23/2015 at Aphrodite hotel. The training, which 52 participants took part drawn from universities and small sized enterprises from Addis Ababa and regional states, was organized by the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).Read More