Representatives from Adams & Adams, Dieter Welthagen (Partner), Stephen Hollis (Partner) and Menzi Maboyi (Africa Practice Manager), travelled to Ethiopia to visit our Associate Office, as well as the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO). The team met with recently appointed Director General of the EIPO, Mr Ermias Y. Hailemariam, who replaced Dr Eshete Mandefro late last year.
Mr. Hailemariam is well known to Adams & Adams, having attended the inaugural Africa Patent Summit held at the Pretoria offices of Adams & Adams in September 2017. Discussions were held on operations at the EIPO and an offer was extended on any assistance that can be provided on advice relating to legislative amendments and other approaches adopted by other Registries in Africa. A personal invitation was extended to the DG to attend the 2018 Adams & Adams Registrars’ Summit. Following the meeting with the DG, further operational meetings were held with the Trade Marks Director, Ms Tigisi Bogale, to discuss current and outstanding cases and the Patent Director, Mr Fikere Tesfaye.