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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 30 months from the priority date)
  • ARIPO:  Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Gambia in an ARIPO application)
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT Application and English translation thereof, or English specification, claims and abstract if non-PCT (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (no set deadline)
  • Assignment of Invention, simply signed (no set deadline)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Examination Report (no set deadline)
  • Certified priority document (if not lodged during the international phase)(can be filed within 3 months)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:   Methods of treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   As to form only

Term of Patent:   15 years from the effective filing date, extendible by a further 5 years.  20 years for an ARIPO patent

Renewals:   Payable annually in advance from the first anniversary of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 11 300 km2
  • Population: 1.8 million
  • Capital: Banjul
  • Currency:  Dalasi
  • GDP:  $ 3.4 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .gm
  • Languages: English (official language)
  • Exports: Groundnuts and related products; cotton lint; fish and fish products; palm kernels
  • Imports: Foodstuffs; manufactures; raw materials; fuel machinery; transport equipment

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Berne Convention
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • Patent Law Treaty
  • WIPO Convention