OAPI workshop: Geographical Indicators

OAPI in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Africa (AfrIPI) project and the Project to Support the Implementation of Geographical Indications (GI) in OAPI Member States (PAMPIG2) recently hosted a regional workshop in the Cameroonian capital, Yaoundé. The three-day event focused on the “Management of Geographical Indications in the OAPI area: Current […]

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OAPI hosts the 18th Joint Commission on IP between OAPI and the National Institute of Industrial Property

On 13 October 2023, the 18th Joint Commission on Industrial Property between OAPI and the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) from France, took place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The discussions, which were led by Directors General, Denis BOHOUSSOU of OAPI and Pascal FAURE of INPI, focused on strengthening the training between the two offices […]

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OAPI confirms commitment to the protection and development of traditional medicine

OAPI held a seminar on the protection and development of traditional medicine on 5 October 2023. The seminar focused on the progress made to date regarding the implementation of the reference framework material for the protection of African inventions in the field of medicines, in the OAPI Member States. The various panellists discussed issues regarding […]

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OAPI – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: BUSINESS COMPETITIVENESS CHALLENGES

The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) celebrated the 24th African Technology and Intellectual Property Day on 13 September 2023, under the theme ‘Intellectual Property: Business Competitiveness Challenges’. Stakeholders, such as the member states, used the event as an opportunity to discuss and devise solutions to challenges that their economies are facing. Commemorating the day, Togo’s […]

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OAPI – OAPI and CEIPI to collaborate on issues

A cooperation agreement between OAPI and the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) was signed on 31 May 2023. This reflects a renewal of the collaboration between these institutions, with a view to addressing current issues faced by OAPI. Current issues that OAPI would like to see addressed include the construction of an intellectual […]

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OAPI – Mission visit to the geographical area of the Baroness of Guinea

Between the dates of 22 – 26 May 2023 a mission took place in Friguiagbé, Kindia being the geographical area of the Baroness of Guinea. As part of the second phase of the PAMPIG II, a Support Project for the Implementation of Geographical Indications, Baroness from Guinea is one of the products that will enjoy […]

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Instatement and Diplomatic Tour of the Deputy Director General

Following the instatement of the new Deputy Director General of OAPI, he and the Director General went on a diplomatic tour to the embassies and consulates of the OAPI member states. Instatement and Diplomatic Tour of the Deputy Director General On 11 January 2023, the recently appointed Deputy Director General of OAPI, Mr. Oualou Panouala, […]

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2nd phase of OAPI Geographical Indicators

An evaluation mission of the French Development Agency (AFD) was recently in Cameroon to attend to field trips and various meetings with, inter alia, cocoa producers, as part of the second phase of the Support Project for the Implementation of Geographical Indicators (PAMPIG II). The second phase of PAMPIG II will, when completed, see the […]

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OAPI Joins Geneva Act of WIPO’s Lisbon Agreement

On 15 December 2022, the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) acceded to The Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications taking the total number of countries covered by the Lisbon system to 70. Furthermore, all 17 member states of OAPI are covered by the system: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, […]

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12th edition of the Nice Classification applicable from January 2023

The OAPI office has confirmed that the 12th edition of the Nice Classification system will be applicable to all trade mark filings, including international filings through the Madrid system, from 1 January 2023. Trade marks which are filed after this date using older editions of the Nice Classification system, will not be accepted, unless the goods/services […]

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