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Initiation: Learning to protect intellectual property in West Africa


Have you been working on an idea for your company for months or even years? Your brand and everything that surrounds it must belong to you. All the more so as a start-up’s intellectual property is one of its most valuable assets. It is therefore essential to protect it perfectly.

This introductory course teaches entrepreneurs based in West Africa, within the OAPI zone, how to secure their start-up’s intellectual property on a long-term basis.

The Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI) is an intergovernmental organization of 17 member states, responsible for protecting intellectual property rights in a uniform manner across these states. The member states are: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

A trademark registered with the OAPI therefore confers protection within the 17 member states.

🎯 Training objectives: introduction to protecting your start-up’s intellectual property

  • Learn how to register your trademark with OAPI by direct or indirect filing;
  • Determining who can register a trademark or patent with OAPI;
  • How much does it cost to register with OAPI?
  • How to register your trademark outside OAPI on a regional and international scale;
  • Learn to adopt the right reflexes to protect your intellectual property in your contracts with third-party service providers.

🎓 Your trainer

Ayé Jean-Philippe AKANI

  • OAPI certified agent ;
  • Graduated from French University: in Research Law and Innovation Development; in Law & Marketing;
  • In charge of Intellectual Property issues in Africa since 2017 with Cabinet INLEX for the management of a multicultural clientele (African, European, Asian, American).

Details and registration:

👉 It is: Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 11:00 am (CET) 📅
👉 It’s: on Zoom and free
👉 Registration: the course link will be sent after registration ⬆️
👉 Running time: 60 min.

Training materials

  • Full training slides.
  • Model forms to complete in order to register your trademark with OAPI.

The plus

  • A training course led by lawyers who are experts in intellectual property in West Africa.

Enrolled: 0 students
Duration: March 16, 2023
Video: 10:00 AM (CET)
Level: Débutant