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COUNTRY    :    REPUBLIC OF CAMEROON  
CAPITAL      :    YAOUNDE 
LANGUAGE :    FRENCH / ENGLISH  

Filing Of Trademarks In Cameroon - OAPI

The African Intellectual Property Organization known commonly by it's French Acronym (OAPI) was establish through the Bangui Agreement at the Republic of Central Africa and is headquartered at Yaounde, Cameroon. 

OAPI came to be constituted through the Bangui Agreement and is comity of 16 French Colonies which are also French Speaking Countries Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, Togo, Equatorial Guinea. 

The Bangui Agreement deals with the following Intellectual Property matters relating to member countries

Patents, Utility Models, Trademarks, Industrial Designs, Trade Names, Geographical Indications, Copyrights, Unfair Competition, Integrated Circuits Layouts and Plant Varity Rights.

Member Nations of the OAPI have retained significant portions of the legal systems of the countries that colonized them, however, legal questions regarding infringement  nd IP matters requiring litigation are to be settled by domestic courts of each state.

Member nations recognize the provision entrenched in the Bangui Agreement and its annexes as their national law. Hence, OAPI allows applicants to receive Trademarks protection in all of the 16 jurisdictions with a single application and registration. Therefore, Registration in individual member nations, is no longer possible.       

 
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