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.


  1.  Benin
  2.  Burkina Faso
  3.  Cameroon
  4.  Central African Republic
  5.  Chad
  6.  Congo
  7.  Ivory Coast
  8.  Equatorial Guinea
  9.  Gabon
  10.  Guinea
  11.  Guinea-Bissau
  12.  Mali
  13.  Mauritania
  14.  Niger
  15.  Senegal
  16.  Togo
  17.  Comoros[1]


The organisation has three organs: The Administrative Council; the High Commission of Appeal; and the Directorate General.[2]

Rights covered[edit]

The Bangui Agreement covers patents,[3] utility models,[4] trademarks,[5] industrial design right,[6] trade names,[7] geographical indications,[8] copyright,[9] unfair competition,[10] integrated circuit layouts[11] and plant variety rights.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Comoros Joins OAPI/Closure of the National Route in the Comoros". PCT Newsletter (WIPO) (06/2013): page 1. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Bangui Agreement, Article 27
  3. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex I
  4. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex II
  5. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex III
  6. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex IV
  7. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex V
  8. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex VI
  9. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex VII
  10. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex VIII
  11. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex IX
  12. ^ Bangui Agreement, Annex X

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