According to the Ethiopian trademark law, ownership of a trademark shall be acquired and be binding on third parties up on the grant of a trademark certificate.

Whereas, after a trademark application is published and until the registration of the trademark, the applicant will have the same privileges and rights as he would have, if the trademark had been registered; provided, however, that it shall be valid defense to an action brought in respect of an act done after the application was published, if the defendant establishes that the trademark could not have been validly registered at the time the act was done.