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Central African Republic Patents

OAPI

Central African Republic Patents may only be filed through the OAPI union where a single application covers all member states. It is not possible to obtain national registration in Central African Republic but penalties for infringements are the responsibility of Central African Republic courts. Central African Republic Patents are valid for 20 years from the filing date and annual renewal fees are payable from the first anniversary of the filing date. OAPI patent registration is available for PCT and non-PCT applications. OAPI is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property) and the PCT.

Types of Patents:

  • Patent of Invention
  • PCT

Filing Requirements:

Non-PCT applications:

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)
  • Specification, claims, drawings and abstract with English or French translation (required upon filing)
  • Deed of assignment (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)
  • Certified copy of the priority document (if applicable) with verified English or French translation (must be filed within 6 months of the filing date)

PCT applications:

  • Simply signed Power of Attorney (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)
  • Specification, claims, drawings and abstract with English or French translation (required upon filing)
  • Deed of assignment (must be filed within 3 months of the filing date)
  • Published International application (required upon filing)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Report on Patentability (can be late filed)

International and Regional Systems

  • Paris Convention
  • PCT
  • OAPI

Patent Cooperation Treaty

PCT National Phase entries provide a unified procedure for filing patent applications to protect intellectual property in each of its contracting states. A patent application filed under the PCT is called an international application, or PCT application. A single filing of an international application is made with a Receiving Office (RO) in one language. It then results in a search performed by an International Searching Authority (ISA), accompanied by a written opinion regarding the patentability of the invention, which is the subject of the application. The PCT National Phase entry essentially leads to a standard national or regional patent application, which may be granted or rejected according to applicable law, in each jurisdiction in which a patent is desired. 

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OAPI Members for Patents

OAPI is mandated to grant patents on behalf of the Bangui Agreement. A single OAPI patent filing is automatically effective in all its member-states, without the possibility of designating only some countries. Member states do not have national Intellectual Property Laws.

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

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