African Intellectual Property Organisation (AIPO/OAPI) - The member States are Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoro Island, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo,
One application automatically covers all member states. It is not possible to obtain national registrations or renewal in any one member state.
- Filing requirements
- Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).
- List of goods and/or services.
- A simply signed power of attorney.
- Clear print of device mark.
- If priority is claimed: Certified copy of home application/registration.
- The 11th Edition of the International Classification (Nice Agreement) is followed.
- Multiclass – Yes.
- Goods and service classes must be filed separately to obtain the 3 class fees.
- Duration: 10 years from date of application and renewable for further periods of 10 years (even if priority is claimed).
- Use: Although proof of use is no longer required for renewal purposes, non-use of the trade mark within 5 years from the application date may render the mark vulnerable to expungement.
- Marking: Not compulsory but advisable.
- Licenses: Compulsory.
- Assignments of applications are permitted.
- Searches available within approximately 10-14 working days from instruction and are conducted on an online official register.
* Please note: Separate applications are required for Goods & Service classes.