Intellectual Property

With Ethiopia opening up more and more for foreign investors, the demand for quality legal service in the area of intellectual property has significantly increased. Marked by profound understanding of clients’ needs, and provision of dependable, first-rate professional services, our intellectual property practice has earned an excellent reputation among international clients

Our intellectual property services include:

  • Search, registration, renewal, recordal of assignments, recordal of change of names and addresses, drafting and registration of license agreements etc. in respect of trademarks
  • Filing patents and attending to their renewals, border measures, anti-counterfeiting and enforcement of IP rights, IP litigation before administrative bodies as well as courts of Ethiopia and drafting, reviewing, negotiating and registering technology transfer agreements
  • The MLA Intellectual Property Team has successfully defended a claim for invalidation of a globally renowned hotel brand before the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office
  • The Team also handles hundreds of registration, renewal, recordal of assignment, recordal of change of name and address, licensing and other instructions relating to trademarks and patents in Ethiopia
  • MLA lawyers have successfully drafted, negotiated and registered a technology transfer agreement on behalf of a client based in Mauritius



Mehrteab Leul & Associates is a member of DLA Piper Africa Group, an alliance of leading independent law firms working together in association with DLA Piper, both internationally and across Africa.


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