Monday 1 August 2011


A to Z of African official IP websites: no. 7: Cameroon

In this, the seventh in Afro-IP's A-to-Z series of visits to the official IP websites of African states, Kingsley Egbuonu visits Cameroon, the country which hosts OAPI (mentioned below). Kingsley reports thus:

Among others, Cameroon is a founding member of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) - a regional IP system established by the Bangui Agreement. The OAPI is headquartered in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Copyright Office

• WIPOnet Coordinator Justice Section under the Ministry of Culture is the competent office responsible for copyright and related rights in Cameroon. 

• The website ( is in French but there is an English option. Also, general information regarding protectable works in Cameroon can be found here.

Industrial Property Offices

• The OAPI serve as the national office and a central agency for documentation and information regarding patents in member states. 

• The OAPI’s website ( is in French and applicants will find it very useful, though it lacks a database. 
• Cameroon’s IP office is the Directorate of Technological Development and Industrial Property (DTDIP) under the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Technological Development.
• The DTDIP does not have an official website.
Kingsley tweets as @IPinAfrica

Kingsley's earlier reviews:
Burkina Faso 



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