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    OA
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    UTC/GMT +00:00
  • Currency:

    Central African CFA franc (XAF)

OAPI PCT regional phase entry

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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with the OAPI PCT regional phase entry as well as other patent fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • The deadline for the PCT regional phase entry in OAPI

The time limits for OAPI regional phase entry is 30 months from the date of priority. The restoration of this term is not possible.

  • Minimum filing requirements in OAPI

To obtain the date of filing, the PCT regional phase entry application in OAPI must contain:
 - request for the grant of a patent;
 - applicant's details;
 - specification, abstract and drawings;
 - proof of payment of the prescribed fee.

  • Language of the OAPI patent application

The official languages of the OAPI patent applications are English and French. Late filing of the translation is not possible. 

  • Power of Attorney requirements

The legalisation of the POA is not required. It may be provided within six months from entering the OAPI PCT regional phase.

  • Substantive examination request

Any application for a patent shall undergo examination to ensure unity of invention and patentability per se. No request for such examination is required, examination is conducted automatically.

  • Novelty grace period

OAPI patent application may be filed within 12 months after the disclosure at an official or officially recognized international exhibition or when such a disclosure was made in bad faith by any third party.

  • Grant and patent maintenance fees

There is no official grant fee. Annual fees are due each year starting from the 2nd one and should be paid before the expiry of the anniversary of the international filing date. The extension of this term is possible for six additional months by paying an extra fee.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

For foreigners not residing in any of the OAPI member-country, it is required to perform the OAPI PCT regional phase through an agent, a registered OAPI patent attorney.

  • Note

Entering the OAPI regional stage as a utility model is possible.

The above information was verified by PALLADIUM STRATEGY & IP CONSULTANTS on 14.02.2019
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with the OAPI IP Laws

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