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OAPI Trade Marks

OAPI is a member of the Madrid Protocol. The Madrid Protocol is an international treaty designed to simplify the international trademark registration process. Using this process, registrants are able to complete a single application, in their home language, that can then be applied to over 90 member countries

Trade Marks

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Goods and services
  • Certification marks

Trade Mark Filing Requirements:

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney
  • Details of the Applicant (full names, physical address, nationality/country of incorporation)
  • Representation of the trade mark(s)
  • List of goods and/or services
  • Certified copy of priority document (if applicable)


The Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed 

Trade Mark Duration / Renewals:

10 years from filing date and renewable every 10 years.

International and Regional Systems:

  • Paris Convention
  • Madrid Protocol

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