Patent Protection In Cameroon –[OAPI]

Patent Protection In Cameroon –[OAPI]

Patent Protection is the form of protection that provides a person or legal entity with exclusive rights for making, using or selling a concept or invention and excludes others from doing the same for the duration of the patent. It may either relate to a product (product patent) or a process (process patent).

A patent protects new inventions and gives the owner the right to prevent other persons from using, importing, or selling the invention without the owner’s permission.

Are you in the manufacturing industry? Have you ever produced something new or discovered a new process of providing a technical solution to a problem? Do you know you can make money from patents and grow your business?

Patent protection should always be considered by an inventor during the early stages of the invention. This is because, without a patent, someone else can make and sell your invention without your permission and without paying compensation to you.

If you want to increase your profit margins on a product you are selling, would you invite competitors to manufacture similar products or would you attempt to be the sole producer of the product?

I believe you want to be the exclusive manufacturer of your innovative product, hence the need to protect your invention under patent laws.

If you invent or discover any new and useful product or process or any new and useful improvement thereof, you may obtain a patent subject to certain conditions and requirements.


The Patent Protection law regulating intellectual property practice in Cameroon is the Bangui Accord of 02/03/1977 as amended on 24/02/1999. This law is essentially an agreement between 16 west and central African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon (headquarters), Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Tchad and Togo) to create a regional IP system…


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