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The African Intellectual Property Organization (AIPO or OAPI - being the English acronym) is a central registration system for the French speaking African States. The member states for OAPI are:

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

Altogether there are 16 countries. Togo, Mali and Guinea were the last members to join in. The headquarters of OAPI is based in Yaounde, Cameroon.

The reasons for the creation of OAPI are to promote:

  • Economic and Social Development needs.
  • Harmonization of laws affecting inventiveness.
  • Cooperation among the member states.

OAPI is responsible for implementing and applying common administrative procedures, contributing towards the promotion of literary and artistic expression and property rights, encouraging  copyright bodies in member states and centralizing and coordinating information of all kinds relating to the protection of patents, trademarks, literary and artistic property.

OAPI operates under a common system of protection of intellectual property, which is characterized, by uniform legislation applicable in each member state and by centralizing of procedures at the Organization. The Bangui Agreement enables the user to have their rights protected in all member states through a single deposit, which is considered as a national deposit for each member state.

 N.B. The above information has been extracted from the OAPI Bulletin. For further details you may contact OAPI or visit their web site.

 
 
 

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