CAR: Trademark Applications
✓ Paris Convention
Central African Republic
Trademark protection is only obtainable via OAPI. It is not possible to obtain trademark protection via a national filing.
OAPI Trademark Applications
All member states are included in a trademark application:
Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo.
Any trademark registered at OAPI is protected in all the 17 member states. Designation of countries is not required.
OAPI Filing Requirements
Power of Attorney
Scanned copy of simply signed Power of Attorney (no notarisation or legalization required)
(if applicable) A copy of home application, certified by the relevant Trademarks Office as a true copy thereof.
Details of the applicant
Full names, Physical address, Nationality / country of incorporation
Details of the trademark(s)
Word mark or logo.
If the trademark is a logo, please send electronically.
Details of colours claimed, if applicable.
List of goods and/or services
(try to limit to 5 items per application, additional charges apply for each additional item over 5).
Details of priority application, if applicable:
Number, Filing date, Country
The International Classification of Goods and Services is followed.
Multi-class applications are possible; however, a single application can only cover either goods or services.
If a trademark relates to both goods and services, two separate applications have to be filed – one for the goods and the other for the services.
Informal search: 4 – 5 business days
Formal search: 2 – 3 weeks
From filing up to registration: 12 – 15 months
Opposition period: 6 months from publication
Duration: 10 years from filing date and renewable for further periods of 10 years.
The informal search is done in an internal database of published trademarks.
The formal search is conducted directly in the official trademarks register.
Applications are examined for formal requirements only.
If all formalities are complied with, a registration certificate will be issued.
Registered trademarks are published for a 6 month opposition period.
OAPI Trademark Agents
Smit & van Wyk, Inc. trademark agents in Africa: Our services include trademark applications, maintenance and protection for OAPI. The patent and trademark attorneys at our firm are dedicated individuals, skilled in their fields of practice, and can provide clear advice on complex legal matters to clients from all over the world.