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The Gambia’s recent accession to the Madrid Protocol, effective from 18th December, 2015, makes the smiling coast the 96th member of Madrid. The protocol is designed to simplify intellectual property registration process, by making it possible for IP rights holders to designate The Gambia on international applications, to obtain protection for IP works in the jurisdictions of all protocol member states. In anticipation of the protocol, IP lawyers, legislatures, officers, and other stakeholders have undergone specialized training on effective implementation on the new laws. Significant efforts have also been made towards clearing the backlog at the registry, and additional resources have been allocated by The WIPO, in preparation of the Madrid system.
Although its practical effects are not yet apparent, the protocol is expected to enhance local procedures and policies currently in place, generate an increase in international applications, and lead to a more profitable IP system in The Gambia overall.