Region: Cameroon

Exclusive survey finds OAPI agents broadly optimistic but concerns raised over frequent errors, slow examinations and soaring trade in fakes

An independent survey conducted by World Trademark Review has assessed the sentiment of agents accredited by the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) and feedback was decidedly mixed.

06 July 2017

OAPI in “period of transition” as new director general appointed; anti-Madrid collective “goes into hiding”

The African Intellectual Property Organisation has confirmed to <em>World Trademark Review</em> that its director general, Paulin Edou Edou, will be leaving at the end of July, with his successor beginning in August.

21 April 2017

Cash prizes for distinctive trademarks? OAPI urges IP offices to reward innovative use of brands

The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) held its first annual Brand Awards recently, in which cash prizes and trademark filing vouchers were given to local brands judged to be distinctive. Talking to <i>World Trademark Review</i>, OAPI’s director of legal affairs and cooperation, Maurice Batanga, says that the initiative has proved effective – and encourages other IP offices to consider a similar approach to promote innovative use of trademarks.

14 November 2016

Cameroon criminalises IP infringement

Cameroon has made it clear that it takes the infringement of IP rights very seriously and has brought into force a new law that amends its Penal Code, bringing IP infringement firmly into the realm of criminal law.

20 September 2016

Venturing into Africa: law firm opportunity and risk in an evolving IP landscape

For this week’s blog post from the <em>WTR 1000</em> research team, it is timely to consider the current state of trademark protection in Africa.

15 August 2016

OAPI suspends law firm; suspended agent alleges ‘dictatorship’ OAPI is stifling anti-Madrid Protocol sentiment

The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has suspended two IP attorneys in Cameroon, and in turn prohibited parties from using their law firm for any IP services in proceedings before it, in what one of the lawyers contends is a continuation of a bitter battle between the organisation and a group of agents who claim that its accession to the Madrid Protocol was implemented illegally.

29 January 2016

Anti-Madrid collective vows to challenge brand owners’ trademark applications

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.

11 May 2015

Cameroon introduces third-level domain names

NETCOM, the registry responsible for Cameroon's country-code top-level domain, has introduced third-level ‘.cm’ domain names. Following a sunrise period and a sunrise challenge period, registrations under ‘.co.cm’, ‘.com.cm’ and ‘.net.cm’ have been open to the general public from November 15 2008 on a first-come, first-served basis.

04 December 2008

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