The Board of Directors is made up of representatives from the OAPI member states. Its mission is to develop regulations for the implementation of the agreement, to define financial rules and fees payable, to monitor the implementation of the regulation and to create ad hoc committees on specific issues. They will also develop appropriate regulations for the implementation of six international treaties and agreements concluded by all Member States under the agreements. The formal meetings of the Board of Directors are held annually, although informal meetings may be convened at any time to deal with urgent matters.  The Council is chaired and chaired by a President. The directorate general is attached to the Director General and is responsible for the executive work of the organization. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization and implements board decisions and other duties arising from the terms of the agreement.  The Bangui Agreement entrusted OAPI with the following tasks: Its 17 Member States are predominantly French-speaking countries. The High Appeals Committee is composed of three members selected from a list of representatives appointed by the Member States. One of its tasks is to decide whether to reject applications for protection of industrial property, to reject applications for maintenance or extension of guarantees, to reject applications for restitutio in integrum and to make opposition decisions.
 As OAPI is a member of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, patent protection can also be obtained through a PCT application. The African Intellectual Property Organization is an intellectual property organization based in Yaounde, Cameroon. The organization was created by the Bangui Agreement of March 2, 1977. The Bangui Agreement was amended in 1999. The Board of Directors of the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) presented an amended version of the agreement signed in Bamako, Mali on 14 December 2015. The amendments will not be formally adopted until the 17 Member States have ratified the proposals. After a discussion period of approximately three years, OAPI organized a seminar with local representatives and stakeholders (October 2018) to discuss the impact of the proposed changes on operations in the event of ratification and improvements to the functionality of the regional ip registration system. “I appreciate your publication and I read it religiously.” The Bangui Agreement in Schedule III provides for the protection of trademarks, including service marks, and well-known brands. The registration of collective trademarks is expressly provided. OAPI is now a member of the Madrid Agreement.
 With OAPI`s accession, the Madrid system now offers trademark holders the potential to protect their products through international application in more than 100 countries. These changes have been encouraged by OAPI`s desire to improve the quality of its operating procedures and rules and to remain consistent with the international instruments to which they belong. OAPI member states are also members of the Paris Convention, the Budapest Treaty, the Patent Cooperation Treaty  and the ON TRIPS Agreement.  The obligation to use is 5 years from the date of granting protection.