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Benin OAPI

 

COUNTRY     :     REPUBLIC OF BENIN
CAPITAL       :     PORTO NOVO
LANGUAGE   :     FRENCH
 

 

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.

Member Nations of the OAPI have retained significant portions of the legal systems of the countries that colonised them.

However, legal questions regarding infringement and IP matters requiring litigation are to be adjudicated by domestic courts of each state.

Member nations recognise the provisions entrenched in the Bangui Agreement and its annexes as their national law. 

Hence, OAPI allows applicants to receive patent protection in all of the 16 jurisdictions with a single application and registration.  

 

 

OAPI is a comity of 16 Former French Colonies which are  French speaking Countries - CAMEROON, BENIN, BURKINA FASO, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, CONGO, IVORY COAST, GABON, GUINEA BISSAU, MALI, MAURITANIA, NIGER, SENAGAL, CHAD, TOGO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA.

 

Member Nations of the OAPI have retained significant portions of the legal systems of the countries that colonised them.

 

However, legal questions regarding infringement and IP matters requiring litigation are to be adjudicated by domestic courts of each state.

 

Member nations recognise the provisions entrenched in the Bangui Agreement and its annexes as their national law.  Hence, OAPI allows applicants to receive patent protection in all of the 16 jurisdictions with a single application and registration.

 

Therefore, Registration in individual member nations, is no longer possible. 


 
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