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Monday, 22 April 2013
OAPI expands to 17
OAPI, the French speaking regional IP protectorate in west Africa has expanded east to include its 17th member state, effective in late May. The Comoros recently acceeded to the Bangui Agreement meaning that it is now possible to have a board meeting on the tropical islands safe in the knowledge that your IP rights will be extended to this paradise by filing a single application through the OAPI office, headquartered in Yaoundé, Cameroon. And that's not all, the savings you make through the OAPI system could well mean that you could take your entire IP department with you. Everyone is celebrating from 25 May!
This news comes from Nicky Garnett - Africa patent department head @ Adams & Adams. Merci Nicky!