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Enforcement of IPRs in Cameroon

Cameroon

Enforcement of IPRs
The main cause of counterfeiting and piracy in Cameroon is the presence of illicit goods in the local markets despite several checks by the public administration.
Cement, whiskey, cigarettes, cosmetics, and beer are the goods that most often face counterfeiting and piracy in Cameroon.
Yes
The specific laws are as follows:
  • The Bangui Agreement of March 1977
  • The Law no. 2000/011 related to copyright
  • The Cameroon's Penal Code
  • The Law No 2016/007 of July 12, 2016
Patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, and industrial models are the different types of IPRs protected by IPR enforcement in Cameroon.
No
A) Government Authorities - Yes
B) Police Officials - Yes
C) Judiciary - Yes
D) Customs - Yes
Yes
Yes
A) Injunctions - Yes
B) Monetary Compensation - Yes
C) Raids - Yes
D) Seizures - Yes
E) Destruction - Yes
The court can insist that its judgment is published in any media that it deems appropriate, and this publication will be at the expense of the offender.
The main disadvantage lies in the fact that the penalties may be very stringent.
Yes
Yes
A) Responsible Authority - High Court, Supreme Court, Court of first instance
B) Imprisonment Term - Copyright: 05 years, but may extend up to 10 years; Patents: 03 months to 03 years
C) Monetary Fine - Copyright: 500,000 to 10,000,000 CFA; Patents: 50,000 to 300,000 francs CFA
The court can order confiscation and delivery-up of infringing goods and equipment used in infringement. It can insist that its judgment is published in any media that it deems appropriate, and this publication will be at the expense of the offender. It can even disqualify the offender from membership of the Chamber of Commerce for a period of 10 years.
The criminal liability may be very adverse and stringent in nature.
ADR measures are not often pursued due to a lack of proper framework; however, they may be resorted by the parties if the same are contractually preferred.
No
No
The remedies available under border control measures (customs) in Cameroon include detention and destruction of goods.
N/A
N/A
Court Proceedings
The lack of customs measures may be very risky for the enforcement of the rights of established industrial houses.