Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle

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Current OAPI members in cyan. Blue are ARIPO states.

The Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle or OAPI (English: African Intellectual Property Organization) is an intellectual property organization, headquartered in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The organisation was created by Bangui Agreement of March 2, 1977. The Bangui Agreement was subsequently amended in 1999.

Its 17 member states are mostly French-speaking countries. They official languages of the organisation are French and English.[citation needed] Applications can be filed in either languages.[citation needed]

Members[edit]

  1.  Benin (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: March 19, 1983[1])
  2.  Burkina Faso (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: June 1, 1983[1])
  3.  Cameroon (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: February 8, 1982[1])
  4.  Central African Republic (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: February 8, 1982[1])
  5.  Chad (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: November 5, 1988[1])
  6.  Congo (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: February 8, 1982[1])
  7.  Ivory Coast (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: February 8, 1982[1])
  8.  Equatorial Guinea (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: November 23, 2000[1])
  9.  Gabon (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: February 8, 1982[1])
  10.  Guinea (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: January 18, 1990[1])
  11.  Guinea-Bissau (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: July 8, 1998[1])
  12.  Mali (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: September 30, 1984[1])
  13.  Mauritania (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: February 8, 1982[1])
  14.  Niger (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: February 8, 1982[1])
  15.  Senegal (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: February 8, 1982[1])
  16.  Togo (Accession to the 1977 Bangui Agreement: February 8, 1982[1])
  17.  Comoros[2]

Organs[edit]

The organisation has three organs: The Administrative Council; the High Commission of Appeal; and the Directorate General.[3]

Rights covered[edit]

The Bangui Agreement covers patents,[4] utility models,[5] trademarks,[6] industrial design right,[7] trade names,[8] geographical indications,[9] copyright,[10] unfair competition,[11] integrated circuit layouts[12] and plant variety rights.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Background information on member States of OAPI". World Intellectual Property Organization. Retrieved 23 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Comoros Joins OAPI/Closure of the National Route in the Comoros". PCT Newsletter (WIPO) (06/2013): page 1. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Bangui Agreement, Article 27
  4. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex I
  5. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex II
  6. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex III
  7. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex IV
  8. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex V
  9. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex VI
  10. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex VII
  11. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex VIII
  12. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex IX
  13. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex X

External links[edit]

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