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Intellectual Property

H S & Co. is privileged to have a partner who is an accredited OAPI Industrial Property Attorney.
 
We represent clients worldwide in the African Intellectual Property Organization, commonly known and called by its French acronym, OAPI, grouping 17 west and central African countries to wit: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon (headquarters), Central African Republic, The Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Tchad and Togo, with a total population of over 170 million. An Intellectual Property registered in OAPI is automatically covered and protected in all 17 member countries.
 
The IP rights which are currently protected by OAPI include: trademarks & services marks, patents of invention & certificates of addition, utility models, industrial designs, trade names and geographical indications. The following will soon enter the regime of protection: topography of integrated circuits and protection of new plant varieties.
 
We equally register copyrights and related rights with the specialized copyright corporations in Cameroon. Yet, we register domain names with ANTIC.
 
The firm has a network of associates worldwide through whom we represent a large empire of foreign IP owners in OAPI. But again, because we are listed in all the possible directories one can imagine, individual IP owners also contact us on a more than regular basis. The rate at which our IP portfolio is growing is such that, we are afraid, we might have to, in the very near future, create a new, different, structure to manage it.