The Union of the Comoros became a full member of OAPI (African Intellectual Property Organisation) on the 25 May 2013. The Comoros comprise four main islands, namely, Njazidja (Grande Comore), Mwali (Moheli), Nzwani (Anjouan) and Mahore (Mayotte).
Previously, and with the exception of Mayotte*, there has been no Industrial Property legislation in the Comoros, and the only means whereby some kind of protection could possibly be obtained lay in the Informal publication of a cautionary notice in a local newspaper.
All trade marks filed with OAPI on or after 25 May 2013 will be effective in the Union of the Comoros. Existing OAPI registrations filed before 25 May 2013 will extend to the Comoros automatically upon their next renewal following the effective date, and will be effective from that date of renewal. Trade mark owners wishing to extend existing OAPI rights to the Comoros before their registrations fall due for renewal, will be able to do so in accordance with the provisions of the OAPI Extension Regulation.
*Mayotte is not part of the Union of the Comoros; it is a French overseas “département”, and is therefore covered by French patent, trade mark and design registration.
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