- African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO)
- Organisation Africaine De La Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI)
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo, Republic of the
- Democratic Republic Of The Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Gambia, The
- Ivory Coast (Côte D’ivoire)
- São Tomé And Principe (St Thomas And Prince’s Islands)
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- St Helena
- South Sudan
- Tanzania (Comprised Of Tanganyika, Zanzibar And Pemba)
- Tanzania/ Tanganyika
The Republic of Benin (formerly the People’s Republic of Benin) is an independent state in West Africa. It is bordered in the north by Burkina Faso and Niger, in the east by Nigeria, in the south by the Gulf of Guinea, and to the west by Togo.
Area: 114,763 km2
Population: 10.87 million
Capital: Porto Novo
Currency: CFA Franc
GDP: $24.312 billion (2016)
Languages: French (official language)
Working week: Monday – Friday
Exports: Crude oil; cotton; palm products; cocoa; cashews; seafood
Imports: Petroleum products; intermediate goods; capital goods; light consumer goods
Trade mark protection is obtainable only in terms of the Bangui Agreement by way of a filing with the OAPI IP office.
Patent protection is obtainable only in terms of the Bangui Agreement by way of a filing with the OAPI IP office.
Design protection is obtainable only in terms of the Bangui Agreement by way of a filing with the OAPI IP office.
Provision is made for copyright protection in OAPI member countries in terms of the Bangui Agreement.
Plant Breeders' Rights
Provision is made for plant breeders’ rights to be obtained in terms of the Bangui Agreement by way of a filing with the OAPI office.