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Gabon’s Patent System

Gabon’s Patent Office

Gabon is a country on the west coast of central Africa.  Along with fifteen other African countries, Gabon is a part of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), an international union with a singular intellectual property system.  The OAPI Office, which governs the registration process for the entire OAPI, is located in Yaounde, Cameroon.

Obtaining a Patent in Gabon

The only way to obtain a patent in Gabon is through the OAPI.  Applications can be submitted directly to the OAPI in French or English.  If an application survives the examination process, it issues as a patent.  Patents issued by the OAPI are automatically extended to each member country without separate designation.

Patents can also be obtained in Gabon through PCT international filings.  The OAPI is a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty and can be entered as a national stage.

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