Regional Designs in Africa

Covers its member states' lack of national Intellectual Property laws, with automatic and unified protection

Created in 1977 through the Bangui Protocol, the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) aims to standardize the protection of intellectual property in all its Member States. The OAPI, which is mainly composed of Francophone countries, promotes the protection and collaboration among its members regarding all intellectual property matters.

This Protocol was revised in 1999, operating as an Industrial Property Code in all OAPI Member States, the main advantage of the aforementioned protocol is allowing a single registration to cover all member countries. In industrial design material, the OAPI Institute only performs a formal examination.


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Africa (OAPI)

Design Details and Timeframes

Priority claim



Absolute Novelty

Individual character



  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Applicant data.
  •  Deed of assignment, simply signed (if applicable).
  •  Certified copy of the priority document if claimed.
  •  Product information.
  •  Graphical representation.
  •  Duration: 5 years from the date of the application and renewable twice for a total of 15 years.
  •  Deed of assignment, notarized.
  •  Power of Attorney simply signed by the assignee.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register.
  •  Power of attorney, simply signed.
  •  Certified copy of the certificate of incorporation or extract from the commercial register.
  •  Power of attorney from the licensee, simply signed.
  •  License Agreement, notarized.

Remarks: The documents should be filed with an English or French translation Examination: Formal examination. Grace Period: 12 months.

African Focus

Trust our extensive experience in Africa

Taking this into account, we are pleased to present our "Trademarks in Africa" and new "Patents in Africa" Booklets. These booklets contain comprehensive information regarding trademarks and patents in each African Jurisdiction.

Why Inventa?

Global Network with a special focus in Africa

Through a network of local offices, including several locations in Africa, and an extensive network of associates, we are committed in delivering a global coverage with local experience.


With over 45 years of experience in Intellectual Property, Inventa has served thousands of clients, from small entrepreneurs and startups, to multinationals holding large trademark and patent portfolios, and other entities dealing with R&D on a daily basis. Furthermore, our experience allows us to understand the caveats of the different industries, since we maintain relationships with clients from different sectors, including food and beverages companies, communications, IT, pharmaceutical, manufacturers, oil & gas companies, financial institutions, business services companies and more.

Tech drive

Inventa recognizes that in this day and age, information management and the internet have taken over many aspects of business. To accompany the changing needs of our clients, over the last few years we have increased our activity in the area of technological infrastructures and information systems. In this way, Inventa seeks to respond to the different demands of both the market and its clients.

Global Network

Thanks to our large network of contacts and associate level, we offer our clients a vast team of highly-specialized professionals in the Intellectual Property field and related strategic sectors. Our professionals guarantee highly-personalized and efficient accompaniment of all our services.

Local Presence in Africa

African Countries present some of the greater challenges when it comes to protecting Intellectual Property. As such, local presence is paramount to attain a high standard of quality, similar to what can be practiced in other regions. Our local presence in Africa allows us to deal with the challenges presented to us, whether it’s red tape, instability, cultural differences or language barriers. The key to our success in Africa has been the training of local technical staff and their demonstrated enthusiasm for Intellectual Property.

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