OAPI Trademark Registration
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) is an union organized by former French colonies for the protection of intellectual property rights. It comprises of 17 member states and a trademark upon registration will be protected in all member states of OAPI.
Member States of OAPI Trademark
|Benin||Burkina Faso||Cameroon||Central African Republic|
Required Information and Documents
- Corporation Applicant: Business Registration Certificate / Certificate of Incorporation
- Individual Applicant: Identity documents and address proof
- Application form
- Trademark image
- Power of Attorney
Trademark Registration Flow
- Trademark Search
- Initial Application
- Substantive Examination
- Issuance of Certificate
Preliminary Trademark Search
The Preliminary trademark search shall be conducted to avoid legal complications in the future. The point of a trademark search is to ensure that the trademark is not already under application or registered by another entity in order to reduce the possibilities of the rejection or opposition raised.
Duration of Application
The registration is valid for 10 years.
- Renewal application for 10 years may be submitted 6 months before the expiry.
Note: The member states of OAPI do not include such African countries as South Africa and Tunisia. If you would like to have a wider protection of your trademark in the African markets, we suggest you filing applications in those key African countries on a case-by-case basis in addition to OAPI trademark registration.