On the 13th of September each year, we celebrate the anniversary of L’Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI). However, this is a special year because OAPI is turning 50!
Founded on September 13th 1962, OAPI (which in English translates to African Organization for Intellectual Property) is the main organization that ensures the protection of intellectual property rights in most African French-speaking countries. OAPI comprises: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad and Togo.
In 1999, the African Union’s predecessor Organization for African Unity (OAU) declared OAPI’s anniversary date would be commemorated everywhere as the “African Day of Technology and Intellectual Property.”
IPKenya wishes to congratulate the African Organisation for Intellectual Property (OAPI) as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary! The details of this event are available on OAPI’s site here.
IPKenya souhaiterait féliciter l’Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI) lors de son cinquantième anniversaire! Toutes informations sur cet évènement sont disponsible sur le site de l’OAPI ici.
PS: Some will recall that in July 2012, OAPI’s Director General Dr. Paulin Edou Edou was named Managing IP Top 50 individuals shaping the IP industry worldwide. The only African to receive this recognition.