OAPI is a party to the Madrid System for International Registration of trade marks and the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property and it is possible to claim priority under the Paris Convention.
Although OAPI is a member of the Madrid System, it has not amended its governing legislation required to give effect to the Madrid System and it is therefore questionable whether international registrations designating OAPI are actually enforceable in its member states.
OAPI follows a multi-class filing system in terms of the 9th edition of the Nice Classification.
The total time from filing to registration is approximately 12 months. Trade mark applications are examined for compliance with formal requirements only and are