Citadel Law Firm
Your trusted OAPI
IP Attorney & more…
The African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) with headquarters in Cameroon, is an intergovernmental organization acting as the industrial property office for its seventeen (17) member states to wit: Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros Islands, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.
OAPI is responsible for the filing, registration, maintenance and publication of Patents, Trademarks or Service Marks, Utility Models, Industrial Designs, Trade Names, Geographical Indications, Layout Designs (topographies) of Integrated Circuits and Plant Variety Protection within its member states.
One of the peculiarities of OAPI is that it operates a regional system of filing whereby a single registration automatically covers the seventeen (17) member states.
Who we are
We are an emerging law firm dedicated to providing clients with bespoke IP services at cost effective rates whilst maintaining a high standard of professionalism.
As OAPI licensed IP property attorneys, we offer you a full range of legal and professional intellectual property services focused on advising, assisting and representing our clients in registering, obtaining, exploiting, maintaining, and defending their industrial property portfolios before the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) and other jurisdictions.
What we do
We cover all aspects of the protection of industrial and intellectual property rights to wit: Trademarks, Trade Names, Patents, Industrial Designs, Geographical Indications, Copyrights, Unfair Competition and Data Protection.
Our IP practice is primarily centered on:
- IP Management and Strategy
- Legal advice and drafting
- Due diligence on IP assets
- Assignments and Licensing
- IP Watch and Searches
- IP registration and maintenance
- Restoration and Enforcement of IP rights
Our legal expertise allows us to effectively represent you in complex litigation procedures, including restoration of IP rights, oppositions, nullity and cancellation actions, the claim of ownership, infringement proceedings before civil and criminal courts, seizure of counterfeit goods, and other contentious actions.
We understand the importance of intellectual property rights and the role they play in protecting your valuable assets. That is why we provide tailored solutions for you that are both effective and efficient, by maintaining a high level of responsiveness to your instructions, and diligence in executing our services whilst providing up-to-date feedback on the progress of your assignments.
Thanks to our extensive experience and expertise, we have successfully established sustainable professional relationships with IP practitioners in other jurisdictions in Africa and abroad, ensuring that our clients receive unparalleled services; reflected by our remarkable satisfaction rate of over 99.5%, which is a testament to our commitment to legal advisory excellence.