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Intellectual property protection in OAPI

Intellectual Property in Africa

1. OAPI general info

The Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle or OAPI (English: African Intellectual Property Organization) is an intellectual property organisation, headquartered in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The organisation was created by the Bangui Agreement of March 2, 1977. The Bangui Agreement was subsequently amended in 1999. The protection of the IP types registered in OAPI is automatically valid on the territories of the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Comoros. It is not possible to designate an individual country for separate protection.

International Country Code: OA

Currency: Central African CFA franc (XAF)

Brief information about Patent registration in OAPI (non-PCT)

Brief information about Patent registration in OAPI (PCT regional phase)

Brief information about Trademark registration in OAPI

Brief information about Industrial Design registration in OAPI

2. OAPI IP Legal Base

Bangui Agreement

3. International treaties/agreements 

Berne Convention (all countries are members)
Brussels Convention on Programme-carrying Signals (only Togo a member)
Budapest Treaty (OAPI is the member)
Cooperation Agreement between OAPI and EAPO
Hague Agreement on Designs (OAPI is a member) (9 countries are members; Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania and Togo are not yet members)
Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin (only Burkina Faso, Congo, Gabon and Togo are members)
Locarno Agreement on Classification of Designs (only Guinea is a member)
Nairobi Treaty on Olympic Symbol (only Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Senegal and Togo are members)
Nice Agreement on Classification of Marks (only Benin and Guinea are members)
Paris Convention (all countries are members)
Patent Cooperation Treaty (all countries are members)
Phonograms Convention (only Burkina Faso and Togo are members)
Rome Convention (only Burkina Faso, Congo, Niger and Togo are members)
Singapore Treaty (only Mali is a member)
Strasbourg Agreement on Patent Classification (only Guinea is a member)
Trade Mark Law Treaty (only Burkina Faso and Guinea are members)
Vienna Agreement on Figurative Elements of Marks  (only Guinea is a member)
WIPO Convention (all countries are members)
WIPO Copyright Treaty (only Benin, Burkina, Faso, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Togo are members)
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (only Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Senegal and Togo are members)
WTO/TRIPS (all countries are members except Equatorial Guinea)   

4. Patent Office Contact Details

Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle
158, place de la préfecture
B.P. 887 Yaoundé, Cameroon
Phone: (237) 222 20 57 00
Fax: (237) 222 20 57 27
Email: oapi@oapi.int

5. IP registration costs

Fees associated with registration of IP rights in OAPI are available in the fee calculator.

The above information was verified on 16/03/2018
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with the OAPI IP Laws