Revised Bangui Agreement

The revised Bangui Agreement will bring the following novelties: there is no certainty as to when all Member States would have to ratify the revised Agreement to introduce it into force and whether further amendments will be recommended or proposed by Member States before that date. These changes will influence general procedures, with a focus on trademarks. Stay informed of our publications, in which we will soon analyze the new features introduced in the Bangui Agreement. Are there doubts as to the ability to register part of the categories of goods/services or part of the goods/services designated for the trade mark application After the registration of a trade mark, trade mark rights may, on the basis of a dispute, be divided in order to guarantee the rights of each trade mark and the extent of their use, or to maintain trademark rights that are not contrary to others. It is hoped that a revision of the conditions and functions of the Bangui Agreement, subject to ratification by all OAPI Member States, will lead to significant changes in the prosecution and trademark procedures and in OAPI`s management of these processes. These changes have been encouraged by OAPI`s desire to improve the quality of its operating procedures and rules and to remain in line with the international instruments to which they are parties. The need to improve the conditions of the Bangui Agreement led the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) to revise the document signed in Bamako, Mali, on December 14, 2015. After three years of discussions, OAPI recently published the main changes to the agreement, which will improve the quality of its operational procedures and bring them closer to the practices of other international bodies. “I appreciate your publication and I read it religiously.” The Board of Directors of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) had presented an amended version of the agreement signed in Bamako, Mali, on December 14, 2015.

The amendments will not be formally adopted until the 17 Member States have ratified the proposals. After a discussion period of about three years, OAPI organised a seminar with local agents and stakeholders (October 2018) to discuss the impact of the proposed changes on the operation in case of ratification and to improve the functionality of the regional IP registration system. . . .