- African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO)
- Organisation Africaine De La Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI)
- Burkina Faso
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo, Republic of the
- Democratic Republic Of The Congo
- Equatorial Guinea
- Gambia, The
- Ivory Coast (Côte D’ivoire)
- São Tomé And Principe (St Thomas And Prince’s Islands)
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- St Helena
- South Sudan
- Tanzania (Comprised Of Tanganyika, Zanzibar And Pemba)
- Tanzania/ Tanganyika
The Gambia is an independent republic within the British Commonwealth, on the west coast of Africa. Except for its western sea coast on the Atlantic, it is completely surrounded by Senegal.
Area: 11 295 km2
GDP: $3.607 billion (2017)
Internet domain: .gm
Languages: English (official language)
Working week: Monday – Friday
Exports: Groundnuts and related products; cotton lint; fish and fish products; palm kernels
Imports: Foodstuffs; manufactures; raw materials; fuel machinery; transport equipment
The Gambia is a member of the Paris Convention and the WTO/TRIPS.
Provision is made for the registration of marks for goods (trade marks) and for services (service marks), as well as for collective marks. The Act also provides for the protection of trade names.
The Gambia is a member of the Paris Convention, the PCT, ARIPO (Harare Protocol) and the WTO/TRIPS.
Patent protection is available via a national filing or via an ARIPO application designating The Gambia. The Gambia has implemented the Harare Protocol (which regulates patent and design filings in ARIPO) in its national law, thereby giving valid patent protection to applicants seeking to obtain a patent via an ARIPO application.
Although it is possible to file PCT national phase applications in The Gambia, the law has not been amended to provide for the PCT. Accordingly, it is not clear whether enforceable rights will be obtained via PCT national phase filings in The Gambia. However, it might be arguable that protection obtained via PCT national filing in The Gambia is valid, since the Act states that the provisions of any international treaties in respect of industrial property to which The Gambia is a party shall apply, and, in case of conflict with any provisions of the Act, shall prevail over the latter.
The Gambia is a member of the Paris Convention, ARIPO (Harare Protocol) and the WTO/TRIPS.
Design protection is available by way of a national filing or via an ARIPO application designating The Gambia. The Gambia has implemented the Harare Protocol (which regulates patent and design filings in ARIPO) in its national law, thereby giving valid design protection to applicants seeking to obtain a design registration via ARIPO.
Plant Breeders' Rights
Currently, no legislative provision for plant breeders’ rights or other sui generis protection for plants is available in The Gambia.