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Opposition Term

90 days

First Renewal Term

10 Years

Subsequent Renewal Term

10 Years

Registration Term

10 Years

  • In The Gambia, all the trademark applications must be filed with the Industrial Property Office of the Attorney General's Chambers Ministry for Justice of Gambia (MOI).
  • Multi-class trademark applications are possible.
  • The 9th edition of Nice Classification is accepted by the trademark office.
  • The Gambia is also a member of the Madrid Protocol; thus, the extension of international registration of a trademark via the Madrid System is possible for the country and its applicants.
  • The interested third parties may file opposition actions against a trademark application within three (03) months following its publication in the Trademarks Journal.
  • The registered trademarks have a validity of ten (10) years from the date of application in The Gambia, which can be further renewed indefinitely for periods of ten (10) years.


  • The Gambia is a member of the Paris Convention, Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and ARIPO.
  • Part 2 of the Industrial Property, Act No. 12 of 1989 deals with the mechanism of patent protection.
  • Process Patent and Product Patent are the two types of patents that can be protected in The Gambia. 
  • In The Gambia, any invention that satisfies the conditions of novelty, inventive step, and industrial applicability, subjects to patentability.
  • The types of patent applications in The Gambia include Non-Convention Application, Convention Application, PCT National Phase Application, Divisional Application, Patent of Addition, and Patent of Importation (Patent of Introduction).
  • Utility Model Protection is not available under the patent law.
  • The time-period for the PCT National Phase Filing is thirty (30) months.  
  • Opposition against a patent application can't be raised in The Gambia.
  • The patent of invention lasts for twenty (20) years in The Gambia.
  • The time frame for payment of Annuities before the due date is three (03) months. 


  • The Gambia is a member of the Paris Convention and ARIPO. 
  • Part 2 of the Industrial Property, Act No. 12 of 1989, deals with the mechanism of registration of industrial designs.
  • The types of industrial design applications in The Gambia include Non-Convention Application and Convention Application. 
  • Utility model protection isn't provided under industrial design protection in The Gambia. 
  • Opposition against an industrial design application can't be raised in The Gambia. 
  • The total duration of an industrial design registration is fifteen (15) years from the date of application. The initial term of registration is five (05) years, which is further extendible for two terms of (05) five years each upon payment of the renewal fee. 
  • There is a grace period of six (06) months to renew an industrial design in The Gambia. 


The Gambia is a signatory to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. 

The Copyright Act of 2004 deals with the mechanism of copyright protection in The Gambia. 

The standard copyright protection term lasts for the lifetime of the author plus fifty (50) years following his death. However, the duration of copyright protection varies depending on the type of work.