IVORY COAST IP GUIDEWest Africa | OAPI Member
The Republic of the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) is situated in West Africa. It is bordered in the south by the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean), to the north by Mali and Burkina Faso, to the east by Ghana, and to the west by Guinea and Liberia. The government officially prefers the French name Côte d’Ivoire.
Area: 322 463 km2
Capital: Abidjan (commercial) and Yamoussoukro (political)
Currency: CFA Franc
GDP: $ 95.887 billion (2017)
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. In Ivory Coast, a further copyright law was enacted – Law no 96-564 of 1996 on the Protection of Intellectual Works and the Rights of Authors, Performers, and Phonogram and Videogram Producers.
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.
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The OAPI IP Office recently published a notice informing trade mark owners, agents and all other users of the OAPI regional system that the Trade Marks Registry applies the current version of the Nice Classification system as adopted by WIPO, namely the 11th edition (2019 version).
Hopes that changes to the Bangui Agreement will improve trade mark prosecution and litigation processes
It is hoped that a revision of the terms and functionality of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all member states of OAPI, will bring significant changes to the prosecution and litigation procedures in respect of trade marks, as well as OAPI’s administration of these processes.