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Cameroon Trademark Registration

Updated:2018-9-12 10:48:04    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:160

Cameroon trademark registration can not file your application just in one country. That is to say, there is no national application in Cameroon. To get your trademark registered, you are obliged to file in African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) even if you want to use just in one country. Businessmen in Cameroon use signs, names, slogan, shape, sounds and logos to differentiate their services from consumer and another company. To secure trademark registration right, a trademark application shall have to be prepared and filed with OAPI Cameroon by a Cameroon Intellectual property Attorney. Below is a brief introduction to trademark registration through OAPI.

Member States of OAPI
African Intellectual Property Organisation known more commonly by its acronym (OAPI) was established through the Bangui Agreement and is headquartered at Yaounde, Cameroon. OAPI is a treaty for the registration of trademarks in the African Region mostly French speaking Countries with the intent of harmonising laws related to Intellectual Property amongst these member countries to OAPI.

The following countries are member states of African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) which covers 17 countries:

Cameroon (Head Office of OAPI), Gabon, Republic of Congo, Central Africa Republic, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, Chad, Togo, Benin, Burkina-Faso, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Niger, Equatorial Guinea and Comoros

Registration Procedures
The applicant may file trademark application directly at the OAPI office in Yaounde, Cameroon or via the Industrial Property Office of the contracting member countries as mentioned above which is known as the Receiving Office.

The under listed information shall be required for filing an application;
1. Name, address and nationality of owner;
2. Specification of goods/services;
3. Classes of goods/services;
4. Priority claim and document (if any);
5. Colour claim (if any);
6. Power of Attorney.

Note: A single application cannot cover goods and services. For example, if you have a trademark to file in classes 17, 19 and 37, you must file two applications: one for goods (classes 17 and 19) and one for services (37).

Upon receipt of the application at the Receiving Office of the member countries, the application is scrutinized regarding formality compliance. In the event objections found by the examiners, the applicant is informed regarding the same to which the applicant has to respond within the prescribed time as indicated, if not the application is deemed abandoned by the office. Once the mark being registered, it shall be treated as though it has been registered in each country individually.

Terms of Registration and Renewal
Trademarks are protected for a term of 10 years. from the date of filing of the application with OAPI. Renewals can be done once every 10 years. within the due date or a grace period of 6 months with late payment of fees.

Contact Us
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