Regional Trademarks in Africa
Covers its member states' lack of national Intellectual Property laws, with automatic and unified protection
OAPI (African Intellectual Property Organization) encompasses the majority of African French speaking countries and was created March 2nd, 1977 with the Bangui Agreement with the goal of fostering cooperation between member-states and the sharing of common objectives in Intellectual Property matters. The most distinctive characteristic and advantage of OAPI is that a single trademark registration is automatically effective in all its member-states, without the possibility of designating only some countries. Member states do not have national Intellectual Property Laws.
The Bangui Agreement works as a common Intellectual Property Act, its provisions have the effect of national law in each member-state and no validation or extension is required. The organization is also a member of the Paris Union and the Madrid Protocol (although the latter is not yet effective).
Trademark Details and Timeframes
Multi Class Application
Body responsible for non-use cancellations
Search with legal opinion time frame
Time until registration
Use requirement period
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.
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.
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.