OAPI
African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)
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African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)

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OAPI Deed of Assignment for Trademarks
DOA
OAPI Power of Attorney for Trademarks
POA

what you need to know

CLASSIFICATION
9th edition – multiclass application
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Possible for word and device marks
EXAMINATION
On formal, absolute, and relative grounds
OPPOSITION PERIOD
6 months from publication date
EXTENSION OF TIME
Not possible for filing oppositions, counter oppositions, and responding to office actions
PROTECTION TERM
10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods
USE
Vulnerable to cancellation by any interested party if there has been no effective use of the mark for a period of 5 consecutive years preceding the date of filing for cancellation

Requirements

Filing Requirements
• POA, simply signed
• Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified
What you need to know
• A separate POA is required for each application
• POA must be submitted at the time of filing
• Priority document may be submitted within 3 months from filing date
Filing Requirements
• POA, simply signed
• Simple copy of latest certificate
What you need to know
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Filing Requirements
• POA, simply signed
• Certificate of change of name/address, notarized with verified English or French translation
• Simple copy of latest certificate
What you need to know
• For a change of address, no additional documents are required other than the POA
Filing Requirements
• POA, simply signed
• Deed of assignment, certified
What you need to know
• Trademarks may be assigned with or without the goodwill of the business concerned
Filing Requirements
• POA, simply signed
• Certificate of merger, legalized with verified English or French translation
What you need to know
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Filing Requirements
• POA, simply signed
• License agreement, legalized
What you need to know
• License recordal is compulsory in order to be effective against third parties