Central African Republic CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

OAPI OAPI

Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle
A centralized system of protection of intellectual property characterized by a uniform legislation applicable in each member state.

The 16 member states of OAPI include:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea,
Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo

A single application covers the entire Union. Methods for treatment by surgery or therapy as well as diagnostic methods are not patentable.

PATENT PROTECTION

Applications
Patent applications to be filed with Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Application Requirements
Patent for Invention
Full name, street address and description of the inventor
Power of Attorney
Specification, claims and abstract in English / French
Formal drawings
Assignment of Priority Rights
Priority document with a verified English or French translation thereof

Regional Phase PCT
Full name, street address and description of the inventor
Power of Attorney
Specification, claims and abstract in English / French
Formal drawings
Assignment of Priority Rights
Copy of International Publication
Copy of International Search Report
Copy of International Preliminary Report on Patentability

Patent Requirements
Absolute novelty / new

Invention Requirements
Represents an inventive activity
Susceptible to industrial application

Patent Duration
20 years from the filing date

Patent Renewals
Annually from the 1st anniversary of the filing date.

PATENT LICENSING

The patent owner (licensor) grants another party (licensee) permission or authorization to use the patented invention. This is an agreement between the two parties and may require the licensee to pay the patent owner (licensor) royalties.

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