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, Côte d'Ivoire, 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.
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.
The mark must be new and original.
The mark must be used in trade.
As long as a trademark is renewed and used in trade, it can last forever.
A registered trademark is valid for 10 years from the date of application.
A registered trademark is renewable after 10 years.
The trademark owner (licensor) grants another party (licensee) permission or authorization to use the registered trademark. This is an agreement between the two parties and may require the licensee to pay the licensor royalties. License agreements must be recorded.