OAPI

Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Togo.

classification
CLASSIFICATION
9th edition – multiclass application
SEARCH
Possible for word and device marks
examination
EXAMINATION
On formal, absolute, and relative grounds
opposition
OPPOSITION
6 months from publication date
protection-term
PROTECTION TERM
10 years from filing date and renewable for like periods
use
USE
Vulnerable to cancellation if mark has not been used for 5 years from filing

Not possible for filing oppositions, counter oppositions, and responding to office actions

Filing Requirements

  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified

What you need to know

  • POA must be submitted at the time of filing
  • Priority document may be submitted within 3 months from filing date
EQUIVALENT SEARCH
Granted and published inventions in the Official Gazette to be searched by title, subject matter, applicant and priority/ PCT number

examination
EXAMINATION
As to form and utility of invention
publications
PUBLICATION
Applications are not published prior to 18 months from the filing date or the earliest priority
protection-term
OPPOSITION
No provisions
annuities
ANNUITIES
Due annually on the anniversary of the international filing date. 6 months grace period for late payment with a surcharge
protection-term
PROTECTION TERM
20 years from international filing date

Filing Requirements

  • Specification and abstract in English or French in triplicate; 3 sets of formal drawings
  • Copy of priority document, if priority is claimed, certified
  • Original or certified copy of deed of assignment

What you need to know

  • Copy of POA must be submitted at the time of filing; original POA may be submitted within 3 months from filing date
  • Priority document may be submitted within 3 months from filing date

NO STATUTORY LAWS

No statutory laws on designs are in force in OAPI

Paris Convention, Madrid Protocol

None