ADVOCATES OF THE CAMEROON BAR / OAPI ACCREDITED PATENT AND TRADEMARK ATTORNEYS / AGENTS
We also undertake trademark searches on behalf of our clients. Usually the main reasons for doing searches are either to determine prior rights or infringement. When an application for a search is filed a search form is issued in which both the mark, the class or classes in which a search has to be conducted and the specimen of the mark is filed and on payment of a search fee, the form is endorsed and the registrar examines the application with a view to causing an official search to be conducted for similarity of existing registered trade marks or similarity with any pending application, or to ensure that the mark is not deceptive or scandalous or not in any way disallowed. After which the OAPI will issue a search report. It normally takes about 30 days to process a search; however, upon payment of an additional fee at the Trademark Office an urgent search can be undertaken. In this case a search report can be obtained before the expiration of 10 days from the date the search request is made.