It has recently been resolved that the OAPI Directorate of Intellectual Property be divided into two separate directorates. One for Trade Marks and another for Patents and Designs. Directors have already been appointed who will be in charge of the two directorates.

The decision to split the two directorates is yet to be enforced. We however expect to receive an official formal notification from OAPI shortly. Updates will be provided on this matter in due course.