OAPI Trademark Registrations

African Intellectual Property Organisation (AIPO/OAPI) - The member States are Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo.543058202 OAPItrademark

One application covers all member states. It is not possible to obtain national registrations or renewal in any one member state.

1. Filing requirements

1.1 Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated). 
1.2 List of goods and/or services. 
1.3 A simply signed French/English power of attorney. 
1.4 Clear print of device mark 
1.5 If priority is claimed: Certified copy of home application/registration.

2. Classification

2.1 The 45 classes of the International Classification (Nice Agreement) of goods and services are followed. 
2.2 Multiclass - Yes 
2.3 Goods and service classes must be filed separately to obtain the 3 class fees.

3. General

3.1 Duration : 10 years from date of application and renewable for further periods of 10 years. 
3.2 Use : Non-use of the trade mark in any one of the member states within 5 years from the application date may render the mark vulnerable to expungement. 
3.3 Marking : Not compulsory but advisable. 
3.4 Licenses : Compulsory. 
3.5 Assignments of applications are permitted.

4. Costs

41a Application: 1 trade mark in 1 - 3 classes: $2090, additional classes above 3 filed simultaneously $380 each 
** additional surcharge for colour device: $195 per mark *** 
4.1b Additional marks filed simultaneously: $1900 each 
4.1c Claiming priority: $290 
4.2 Assignment: First trade mark $1280, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $1080 each. 
4.3 Change of name or address: First trade mark/class $1100, additional trade marks filed simultaneously $1020 each 
4.4 Licenses: First trade mark $1265, additional trade marks $1040 each 
4.5a Renewal: First trade mark/class $2000, additional classes renewed simultaneously $440 each 
4.5b Renewal: additional marks renewed simultaneously: $1960 each 
4.5c Renewal: Late renewal fine: $500 
4.6a Searches: 1 mark in 1 class: $500; additional classes $320 each 
4.6b Spot search: $370 per mark

*** Please note: Separate applications are required for Goods & Service classes

*** Above quotations exclude courier charges ***