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Patent Filing in Benin

Benin is a member of the OAPI or the African Union and sometimes known as the African Intellectual Property Organization.

Patent can be filed in Benin through a regional patent filed in OAPI as a designating country of the PCT. Direct National phase filing in Benin through PCT is closed.

Term of patent: 20 years from the date of filing Patent Office: OAPI Patent Office

 

Paradigm to obtain a patent in Benin:-
  • Filing of patent application
  • Preliminary examination before publication
  • Publication of the application
  • Formal examination can be requested at any time within three years from the date of filing.
  • Compliance with the examiners office action within the given time
  • Acceptance (Notice of Allowance) or rejection.
  • Payment of the Issue Fees.

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Documents required for filing of Patent Application in Benin

1. PCT National Phase patent filing

  • WIPO publication
  • International search report
  • International preliminary examination report (chapter II)
  • Power of Attorney

2. Conventional patent Filing <

  • complete specification
  • formal drawing, if any
  • certified copy of the priority document
  • English translation of the specification or priority documents
  • Power of Attorney
Remarks:
  • Timeline for national phase entry in Benin is 30 months
  • Timeline for conventional filing is 12 months from date of priority