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Gambia
Information on the filing of Patents, Designs and trademarks in Gambia

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Patent and Design Registrations

In our experience, it is better to file an ARIPO regional application designating at least Gambia rather than a national application direcly in Gambia. The main reason for our opinion is that ARIPO is run by WIPO and, accordingly, operates much more efficiently than the Gambian Patent and Design Offices. Furthermore, the cost of filing an ARIPO application designating only Gambia is about the same as the cost of filing a national application directly in Gambia. A further benefit of the ARIPO route is that it is possible to designate other ARIPO member countries by paying additional designation fees at a relatively nominal surcharge.

For more information on ARIPO patents click here.

For more information on ARIPO designs click here.

 

TRADEMARK REGISTRATIONS

1. Filing requirements

1.1 Full name, street address and description of the applicant (including trading style, if any, and state/country of incorporation, if incorporated).
1.2 List of goods and/or services.
1.3 A simply signed power of attorney.
1.4 10 prints of the device mark.
1.5 Paris Convention priority may be claimed when the application is filed.

2. Classification

2.1 The 50 classes of the Old British Classification of goods are applicable.
2.2 Multiclass - No

3. General

3.1 Duration : 7 years from filing date and renewal for further periods of 14 years.
3.2 Use : An aggrieved person may apply for the removal of the mark if there is no bona fide use for a continuous period of 5 years from the date of application or any continuous 5 year period thereafter.
3.3 Licenses : Not required by advisable.
3.4 Assignments of applications are permissible.

4. Costs

4.1a Application: First class $1800.00, additional classes filed simultaneously $1700.00 each.
4.1b Registration fees: $690 each
4.1c Priority claim: $190 per mark
4.2 Assignment: First trade mark/class $900.00, additional trade marks filed/classes filed simultaneously $470.00 each.
4.3 Recordal of change of name or address: First trade mark/class $580.00, additional trade marks/classes filed simultaneously $300.00 each.
4.4 Licenses: First trade mark/class - Not recordable.
4.5 Renewal: First class/trade mark $1300.00, additional classes renewed simultaneously $990.00 each.
4.6 Search: Not recommended as results can take up to 6 months to be released

***** DUE TO PRINTING DIFFICULTIES AT THE TRADE MARKS OFFICE, DELAY BETWEEN APPLICATION AND PUBLICATION IS ESTIMATED TO BE APPROXIMATELY 25 YEARS, UNLESS THERE IS A MAJOR IMPROVEMENT MADE IN THE PUBLICATION PROCEDURE

*** Above quotations exclude courier charges ***