Trademarks: OAPI

General Information

OAPI - is the African Intellectual Property Organization covering Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equtorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

International Agreements : Paris Convention

Classification : Nice Classification (8th Edition); Multi-Class filings. However, Goods & services cannot be combined in the same application.

What is Registrable : Trademarks, Service Marks & Collective Marks.

What is Not Registrable : Series Marks & Defensive Marks.

Priority under Paris Convention : Yes

Examination : Yes - Formal examination
Publication : Yes – in the Official Bulletin
Opposition : Yes – within 6 months after publication

Time Frame for Registration : 18 Months

Registration Term : 10 Years – as of filing date
Renewal Term : 10 Years
Grace Period for Renewals : 6 Months

Cancellation : Yes – non-use for 5 years following application will render the mark vulnerable for cancellation.

Marking Requirements : None

Assignments - Must Assignments be recorded ? Yes

Licenses - Must Licenses be recorded ? Yes

 

Filing Requirements

Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney simply signed.
  2. 10 prints of the mark.
  3. Certified copy of Priority document (if claimed).

Renewal of Trademark/Service Mark Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney simply signed.
  2. Details of the Mark.

Assignment Recordal Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney simply signed.
  2. (A) In the case of an assignment, Deed of Assignment drawn by and signed by both parties before a Notary Public, with verified French or English translation.
    (B) In the case of a merger, Certificate of Merger, with verified French or English translation.

License Recordal Requirements

  1. Powers of Attorney, simply signed, from proprietor and licensee.
  2. License Agreement which should be drawn by and signed by both parties before a Notary Public, with verified French or English translation.

Change of Name/Address Requirements

  1. Power of Attorney simply signed.
  2. Certificate of Change of Name and/or Address.

 

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