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.
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
- Harmonization of laws
- Cooperation among the
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
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.
The above information has been extracted from the OAPI Bulletin.
For further details you may contact OAPI or visit their web site.