Provides advice on IPR protection, including information on the registration of patents and trademarks.
The Ivoirian Intellectual Property Protection Office (Office Ivoirien de la Propriété Intellectualle, OIPI) receives and examines applications for Industrial Property certificate, similar to patent protection, and transmits them to the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO). Depending on the type of IP, OIPI registers patents on a first-to-file or first-to-invent basis. This approach is also the case for registering trademarks. American businesses benefit from familiarizing themselves with OIPI regulations before introducing patented or trademarked products or services to the Ivoirian market. OIPI staff can provide advice on the application process for an Industrial Property Title. Companies may wish to seek advice from local attorneys or IP consultants who are experts in Ivoirian law. The U.S. Commercial Service can provide a list of local lawyers upon request; or see https://ci.usembassy.gov/services/
In any foreign market companies should consider several general principles for effective protection of their intellectual property. For background, link to our article on Protecting Intellectual Property and Stopfakes.gov for more resources.
For more information, contact ITA’s Office of Intellectual Property Rights Director, Stevan Mitchell at Stevan.Mitchell@trade.gov.