Our flagship IP team assists clients in exclusive partnership with the International IP firm, Spoor & Fisher. This long term relationship was formalised through the formation of SPOOR & FISHER (Inc. NGWAFOR & PARTNERS SARL) which is dedicated to covering clients’ IP matters in the entire Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI) region (known in English as African Intellectual Property Organization). This region comprises the following countries Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo (Republic of), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo and the Union of the Comoros.
A growing number of businesses are making the choice to register and protect their IP in the OAPI region, which covers the above 17 countries with a combined population of well over 100 million. A single registration at the organisation's head office in Yaoundé, Cameroon, automatically confers protection in all member states.
Our office is well resourced and covers all formalities of IP including patents, trademarks, domain names, designs, geographical indications, utility models, plant variety, oppositions/restorations and litigation. We assist a diverse range of clients including blue-chip companies to effectively protect their IP in the OAPI region. Through a combination of our intellectual capital, local market knowledge and the broad network of Spoor and Fisher’s established relationships with the registries in the OAPI countries, SPOOR & FISHER (Inc. NGWAFOR & PARTNERS SARL) is neatly positioned to deliver the service and quality assurance that clients expect. Importantly, with our office situated in Yaoundé, convenient proximity to OAPI’s directorate is assured to permit speedy and timely interventions for our clients.