Single application automatically covers all member states
A centralized system of protection of intellectual property characterized by a uniform legislation applicable in each member state. OAPI is a member of the International Convention and PCT.
OAPI intellectual property organization headquarters are situated in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Its 16 member states are mostly French-speaking countries. The official languages of the organisation are French and English.
The OAPI system is quite original in its design: OAPI Industrial Property Office is common to all Member States. To this end, in the space of sixteen (16) Member States it is implemented and applied a uniform law, the Bangui Agreement and its annexes.
Organisation centralizes all procedures for issuing industrial property rights such as patents, trademarks product or service, securities that are valid in all member countries. Deposits made with the administration of one of the Member States or the Organization national filing in each Member State.
There is no coexistence of national protection systems with the regional system. Penalties for infringement of industrial property rights are the responsibility of the courts of each Member State. Final court decisions rendered on the validity of the securities in any of the Member States, are authorities in all other states, except those based on public order and morals.
OAPI Contracting STATES
Benin · Burkina Faso · Cameroon · Central African Republic · Chad · Congo · Côte d’Ivoire · Gabon · Guinea · Guinea-Bissau · Equatorial Guinea · Mali · Mauritania · Niger · Senegal · Togo.