International Arrangements:

  • WIPO (from 20 February 1997)

Types of Patents Available:

Eritrea became independent from its southern neighbour Ethiopia on 24 May 1993.  Since that time, the Government has been occupied with the establishment and maintenance of a viable Government structure, the raising of development money, and a boundary conflict with Ethiopia.

There is no patent legislation currently in force in Eritrea. There are no statutory provisions for the registration or filing of patents.

The enactment of an Industrial Property Law and establishment of a separate Industrial Property Office are still under consideration and there is currently no Industrial Property legislation in place in Eritrea.  The Government has, at times, accepted the publication of Cautionary Notices in the Government-owned national newspaper; however, this practice is currently suspended.

At present there is no procedure for the protection of Patents in Eritrea.


Patents filed in Ethiopia will have no force or effect in Eritrea.

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