Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle
OAPI is a uniform intellectual property legislation applicable in each member state. OAPI member states are mostly French-speaking African countries.

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

A single application covers the entire Union.


Trademark Application Procedure
Trademark applications to be delivered or mailed to OAPI.
After filing, an official filing receipt with the application date and number is issued.
Applications are examined by OAPI as to formal requirements only.
The Registration Certificate is issued within the following 12 months.
The registered trademark will then be published.
Opposition may then be lodged within 6 months.

Trademark Application Requirements
Full names of the applicant.
Nationality of the applicant.
Physical and postal address of the applicant.
Mark classification.
Signed Power of Attorney.
Certified copy of priority document, if priority is to be claimed.
*French translation required

The mark must be affixed in black and white on the space reserved on the trademark application form.
3 Additional copies of the mark in black and white, no larger than 9cm x 9cm.
If color is claimed, 5 additional color reproductions of the mark, no larger than 9cm x 9cm.

Trademark Requirements
The mark must be new and original.
The mark must be used in trade.

Trademark Classification
Nice Classification - the International Classification of goods and services apply.
Multi-class application - a single application may cover any number of classes.

Trademark Duration
As long as a trademark is renewed and used in trade, it can last forever.

Trademark Renewals
A registered trademark is valid for 10 years from the date of application.
A registered trademark is renewable after 10 years.


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