OAPI- Joining the Madrid Protocol

OAPI deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol on 5 December 2014, which will enter into force on 5 March 2015.

OAPI has not, however, amended its law to give effect to International registrations, and there are no indications that it intends to do so. Without such amendment International registrations, designating OAPI, should not be enforceable.

Consequently, until OAPI attends to the amendment of its law, we would not recommend that trade mark owners rely on International registrations for protection.

Date published: 2014/12/18
Author: Spoor and Fisher

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