This week the UK Intellectual Property Office has updated its guidance on the extension of UK intellectual property rights abroad, revising its information concerning The Gambia. Following the coming into force last year of the Industrial Property Act, the position is as follows:
* An application for a patent based on an existing UK patent, made within three years of the UK date of issue, will normally be granted and the patent will expire at the same time as the UK patent.
* An application for a patent based on an existing European patent designating the UK, made within three years of the date of issue registration, will also normally be granted, the patent expiring at the same time as the with EP(UK) patent.
* An application for registration of a trade mark must be made within four months of the UK application, giving the UK filing date as the priority date.
* UK design registrations are automatically extended.