International Arrangements

Paris Union and Madrid Protocol, Gambia is also a member of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) but has not yet subscribed to the Banjul Protocol.

A new Industrial Property Act came into effect on 2nd April 2007, and replaces the antiquated Trade Marks Act of 1916. The new Regulations to accompany the Act came into effect on 1 January 2011.

Categories of Trade Marks

There are provisions for the registration of SERVICE MARKS and COLLECTIVE MARKS. There are no provisions for the registration of DEFENSIVE MARKS or SERIES MARKS.

The International Classification of goods and services applies; a single application may cover any number of classes of goods and/or services.

Documents Required

In case of a new applications

  1. Ten prints, except for word marks in ordinary type
  2. Priority document (if applicable), with verified English translation


No documents required


  1. Effective date of Assignment/Merger

Change of Address
Effective date of Change of Address

Licenses/Registered Users
License agreement, with verified English translation