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African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI)
The African Intellectual Property Organization (African Intellectual Property Organization, OAPI) is a regional alliance for the protection of intellectual property rights formed by the countries in the former French colonies whose official language is French. Headquartered in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, it manages the trademark affairs of each member country.
The African Intellectual Property Organization is an inter-governmental organization responsible for issuing certificates of intellectual property protection and providing intellectual property-related services to each member country. The African Intellectual Property Organization implements uniform legislation, which is considered to be the national law of each member State. This unified law is the Accord de Bangui Agreement. The certificate of intellectual property protection issued by the African Intellectual Property Organization is automatically valid in each of the following member states: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central Africa, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, Togo.
The Bangui Agreement covers:
● Invention patent
● Utility model
● Trademarks for products and services
● Industrial drawings and models
● Business name
● Nomenclature of origin
● New varieties of plants
● Literary and artistic copyright
The African Intellectual Property Organization intends to extend the scope of protection to circuit layout drawings (layout drawings of integrated circuits).
Through the effective protection of intellectual property rights and their ancillary rights, the African intellectual property organization makes a full contribution to the economic development of its member countries and enables them to better attract investment.
The member States of the African Intellectual Property Organization are parties to the main international conventions related to the protection of intellectual property rights and trade.
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property of March 20, 1883
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works of 9 September 1886
Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (OMPI) of 14 July 1967
Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) of 19 June 1970
Some Member States are also parties to other international conventions, such:
International Convention for the Protection of the Rights of Performing and Performing Artists, Producers of Phonograms and Radio Broadcasters, 1961
:: Convention for the protection of record manufacturers against the reproduction of their records without the permission of the record manufacturer.
Marrakesh Treaty establishing the World Trade Organization (OMC), in particular the Agreement on Intellectual Property Rights for Trade of 15 April 1994 (ADPIC)