African Intellectual Property Organization

Organisation africaine de la propriété intellectuelle (OAPI)

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1962-09-13 Libreville Gabon


13 Sep 1962, Libreville (Gabon), to succeed the African and Malagasy Industrial Property Office (AMIUPO) -- Office africain et malgache de la propriété industrielle (OAMPI), on signature of an Agreement by the members of the then H-XH3798 - African and Malagasy Union (Brazzaville Group), subsequently (until its dissolution in 1985) H-XD0324 - African and Mauritian Common Organization. Agreement entered into force 1 Jan 1964, having been ratified by all signatories. Agreement revised and present title adopted 2 Mar 1977, Bangui (Central African Rep); revised again 24 Feb 1999 and revised Agreement came into force 28 Feb 2002. Previously also referred to in French as Association pour la promotion de la propriété intellectuelle en Afrique (APPIA) and under the English acronym AIPO.


Contribute to achievement of industrial development policy objectives of member states by: ensuring protection and publication of intellectual property rights; encouraging creativity and technology transfer through use of intellectual property systems; providing regulatory conditions attractive to private investment through creation of favourable conditions and effective application of intellectual property principles; setting in motion effective training programmes to improve the capacity of the OAPI system to offer quality services; creating favourable conditions for national enterprises to enhance research results and exploit new technology.


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