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Trademark registration in OAPI

from 1201.00
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  • Trademark fees

Fees associated with filing trademark applications in OAPI, as well as other trademark fees, are available in the fee calculator.

  • Multiple-class applications

Multiple-class trademark applications are possible in OAPI. However, goods (classes 1 – 34) and services (classes 35 – 45) cannot be filed under the same application. Thus where a trademark covers goods and service classes, separate applications must be filed. The additional fee must be paid for each class beyond the third.

  • Minimum filing requirements

To obtain the date of filing a trademark application in OAPI should contain at least:
- applicant’s details;
- representation of a trademark;
- specification of classes, as well as corresponding list of goods or services;
- information concerning payment of the application fee.

  • Requirements for the Power of Attorney

The legalisation of the POA form is not required. The deadline for submitting the document to OAPI is 3 months from issuance of the corresponding Office Action.

  • Priority document

The certified copy of the priority document in English or French must be provided within three months from filing the trademark application.

  • Opposition period

The opposition period is six months from the publication date.

  • Validity term and trademark renewal

The trademark in OAPI is valid for ten years from the date of filing. This term is renewable an unlimited number of times for 10-year periods. Renewal fees may be paid within one year prior to the expiry of protection term. Late renewal of a trademark in OAPI is possible within six months after the expiry date by paying the fine.

  • Use requirement

Registration of the trademark in OAPI can be cancelled on the grounds of non-use upon a third party’s request if it has not been used for a continuous period of 5 years from registration of a trademark. The use in one of the OAPI member states is sufficient to satisfy the use requirement for all member countries.

  • Representation by a trademark attorney

For foreigners not residing in any of the OAPI member-country, it is required to perform the trademark prosecution in OAPI through an agent, registered OAPI trademark attorney.

  •  Note

The response to the provisional refusal of an international trademark registration must be filed with the OAPI within three months from the date WIPO is notified of the provisional refusal by the OAPI. This time limit cannot be extended. A local patent attorney from an OAPI member-state is required. Re-examination of the provisional refusal can be requested within 30 days from the date of notification of the provisional refusal by the OAPI. Appeals against confirmation of the provisional refusal can subsequently be filed within 60 days from the date of notification of the confirmation.

The above information was verified by Nico Halle & Co. Law Firm on 24.02.2021
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with the OAPI IP Laws