OAPI Domains

In West Africa, there are 17 different nations where it is not possible to register a national trade mark – and in addition to various local dialects.

The only option to gain trade mark protection, in those countries, is to file a trade mark with the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle or (OAPI) and the local domain name is no easy feat - because each country has its own unique rules and regulations.

This makes registration time-consuming and complicated, however if a trade mark warrants protection within OAPI, acquiring the local domain name is definitely worth it.

Due to the limited domain recovery options in this region, it is recommended that a strategic defensive registration policy be adopted. If a local presence is an obstacle, we would recommend registering on the domain extensions where a local presence is not required.

 

Country
Extension
Restriction

Benin

.bj

None

Burkina Faso

.bf

Local presence or trade mark required

Cameroon

.cm

None

Central African Republic

.cf

None

Chad

.td

None

Comoros

.km

Local presence or trade mark required

Congo

.cg

None

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

.ci

None

Equatorial Guinea

.gq

None

Gabon

.ga

None

Guinea

com.gn

Local presence demonstrating intention to use

Guinea-Bissau

.gw

None

Mali

.ml

None

Mauritania

.mr

None

Niger

.ne

Local presence required

Senegal

.sn

None

Togo

.tg

None

We are aware that our clients are looking for a regional solution so we have packaged all the domain extensions listed above into one bulk offering to ensure that your OAPI trade mark is secured within that region’s domain name space.

Please reach out to us for costing on the OAPI domain name package.