Intellectual Property Consultant and Attorney
Getachew and Associates Law Office
An independent consultant on intellectual property law, Getachew lends his expertise to a wide range of countries and organizations including Light Years IP and the World Intellectual Property Organization. He works to increase and secure income for local farmers and producers using intellectual property business tools. He has worked as a consultant in a number of African countries under projects supported by the European Union, United Nations Economic commission for Africa and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Previously, Getachew directed the Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office and was the driving force in developing Ethiopia’s intellectual property policies and procedures. He successfully negotiated with a number of US and European companies on the use of Ethiopia’s coffee names, resulting in a license agreement with 87 US, Canadian, British, and Dutch specialty coffee companies including Starbucks.