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Gambia

Intellectual Property
Smit & Van Wyk Patent, Trademark & Registered Designs

Intellectual Property in Gambia

Smit & Van Wyk assists with the protection of Intellectual Property in Gambia, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patents, designs, trade marks, copyright and plant breeders’ rights. Our team of Intellectual Property attorneys have the knowledge, experience and resources to give expert legal advice regarding your Intellectual Property portfolio. We can assist with the protection, prosecution and enforcement thereof. It is our mission to provide unparalleled service to our treasured clients by developing dynamic solutions which are tailored to suit individual Intellectual Property needs. The key to achieving this lies with our vibrant people, who are eager to go beyond the call of duty.

Patent Attorneys, Patent Registration, Patents

Patents

Gambia patents have a duration of 15 years from date of filing with the option to extend for a further 5 years. Gambia is a member of the PCT and the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property). Gambia patents may be filed through the ARIPO union where the applicant may file a single application designating the specific contracting states either directly at ARIPO or through a contracting state. The relevant protocol on patents for ARIPO is the Harare Protocol, which authorises ARIPO to register patents on behalf of Harare Protocol Contracting States.

Types of Patents:

  • Patents of Invention
  • National Phase PCT Application
  • ARIPO application
  • ARIPO Regional Phase PCT application

Methods of medical diagnosis, treatment or surgery are not patentable.

 

Trade Marks

Gambia trade marks are valid for 10 years from filing date and renewable every 10 years. Gambia is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property) and the Madrid Protocol (an international system for obtaining trade mark protection for a number of regions through a single application).

Types of Trade Marks:

  • Standard marks
  • Collective marks

The most current edition of the Nice Classification of Goods and Services is followed. 

 

Trademark Attorneys, Trademark Registration, Trademarks

Gambia designs have an initial term of 5 years from date of filing, with possible extensions of 2 further terms of 5 years each. Gambia is a member of the Paris Convention (International treaty for the protection of Industrial Property). Gambia designs may be filed through the ARIPO union where the applicant may file a single application designating the specific contracting states either directly at ARIPO or through a contracting state. 

Types of Designs:

  • Industrial Designs

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