Gambia, The - Country Commercial Guide
Protecting Intellectual Property

Provides advice on IPR protection, including information on the registration of patents and trademarks.

Last published date: 2020-09-17

The Industrial Property Office registers the following Industrial Property Rights:  patent utility model; trademark; collective marks; industrial designs. Intellectual Property Rights can only be protected through registration, which is based on first to file. To register, the appropriate forms and fees must be submitted to the Industrial Property Office. The Office also offers guidance to unrepresented clients.

The Gambia is a Member State of African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) which is based in Harare, Zimbabwe and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) which has its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Therefore, registration of intellectual property rights for The Gambia can be obtained through the national route, regional route or international route.

In any foreign market companies should consider several general principles for effective protection of their intellectual property. See Protecting Intellectual Property and Stopfakes.gov for more resources or contact or contact ITA’s Office of Intellectual Property Rights Director, Stevan Mitchell at Stevan.Mitchell@trade.gov.