OAPI Patents Filed 2009 – 2019
Cases granting within six months
Currently, OAPI patent applications are subject only to formal examination. Consequently, patent applications can proceed to grant quickly, in some cases as early as six months from filing and without any forewarning. As such, there is limited opportunity to amend an application or file a divisional application. Therefore, a proactive approach to prosecution is required.
Applicants are encouraged to consider any claim amendments or instruct the filing of divisional applications by no later than six months from the date the application is filed at the OAPI Patent Office