COUNTRY : REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON
CAPITAL : YAOUNDE
LANGUAGE : FRENCH / ENGLISH
The African Intellectual Property Organisation known commonly by it’s French Acronym (OAPI) was established through the Bangui Agreement at the Republic of Central Africa and is head quartered at Yaounde, Cameroon.
OAPI DESIGN REGISTRATION
Kindly refer our guide under the OAPI Design Registration
Kindly refer our treaty of the Hague System.
Legal questions regarding infringement and IP matters requiring litigation are to be settled by domestic courts of each state.Courts of each member state competent to rule on IP, wherein definitive rulings on validity of IP rights in one member stae considered final in others as well, except rulings based on law and order or morality.
Member nations recognise provisions entrenched in the Bangui Agreement and its annexes as their national law. Hence, OAPI allows applicants to receive Patent & Design protection in all of the 16 jurisdictions through a single application and registration. Therefore, Registration in individual member nations, is no longer possible.
Protection to the design is provided initially for 5 years, extendable for two consequent terms of 5 years each thereby, totalling the protection to 15 years.