OAPI

(Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle / African Intellectual Property Office)
OAPI MEMBER STATES

Benin
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoro Islands
Congo
Equatorial Guinea
Gabon

Guinea
Guinea Bissau
Ivory Coast
Mali
Mauritania
Niger
Senegal
Togo

 

 

OAPI offers a centralised registration system for its 17 member countries. Registration of an IP right at OAPI automatically covers all of the territories that were member States at the time of filing the application for registration, with any territories joining OAPI after filing being included on renewal. It is not possible to designate a restricted number of member States.

Our Jersey office has had an exclusive association with Ekeme Lysaght SARL in Cameroon for over 40 years, and this association has enabled us to build up a substantial OAPI practice as well as close links with OAPI itself.   We are a leading practitioner in this area and play an active role in encouraging the OAPI Registry to improve its efficiencies, and provide foreign proprietors with the protection that they require.  OAPI is one of our key areas of specialisation, and we welcome clients to enjoy the comprehensive and reliable registration, recordal and renewal service which we offer in this area.

 

For further information and our prices, please e-mail us with your specific enquiry.
   
TRADE MARK INFORMATION  
Classification International, Nice 10th Edition
Multi-class
Goods and services can be registered, but a specification containing both goods and services must be filed as two separate applications
Priority Convention priority can be claimed
Renewal 10 years from the filing date, and every 10 years thereafter
There is a 6 month grace period available on payment of a late fine
Use provisions Non-use of a trade mark for a period of 5 years from registration renders it vulnerable to an action for cancellation by third parties
PATENT INFORMATION  
Types of Patent

Substantive with or without a priority claim
PCT regional phase

Priority Convention priority can be claimed
Duration 20 years from the effective filing date
Annuities Renewals are due for payment annually, on each anniversary of the effective filing date
DESIGN INFORMATION  
Priority Convention priority can be claimed
Duration 5 years from the filing date, extensible for another two 5 year periods
Renewal The first renewal fee is paid on filing the application, with additional fees due on the 5th and 10th anniversaries of the filing date