Patent in Francophone Africa

Patent registration in OAPI

The processing of patents under this treaty is handled by the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI), which is responsible for receiving the application, carrying out a substantive and formal examination and granting or refusing it.

International Treaty

In order to facilitate and reduce the cost of patenting in the French-speaking countries of the African continent, there is an international treaty ratified by the following 17 states:

  • Benin, Equatorial Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Cameroon, Mauritania, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Congo, Comoros, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Gabon, Chad, Guinea, Togo.

A physical object that is distinguished by the characteristics of its constitution, including its composition, structure or shape.

Any method, factor or agent leading to the achievement of a result or product.

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