The continuing tension between the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) and accredited agents in the region who oppose its recent accession to the Madrid Protocol shows no sign of abating. OAPI’s director of legal affairs has confirmed to WTR that the organisation will not do business with law firms which have employees who disagree with accession to the Madrid Protocol. Meanwhile, opponents of accession have told us that they intend to challenge international trademark applications designating OAPI.

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