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Uganda (UG)

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     General Trademark Regulations
     Trademark Use Requirements
     Grace Period for Trademark Renewal
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Apr 20, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 7/16)
New Intellectual Property Law in Force
The Ugandan Industrial Property Act of 2014 is now in force despite the fact that no Regulations have been passed. The new law does not concern trademarks. It refers to patents, utility models, industrial designs and so-called 'technovations', which are defined as solutions to specific problems in the field of technology.

For more information, please check here


Apr 05, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 6/16)
List of Trademarks Eligible to Be Renewed
The Ugandan Trademarks registry has published a list of trademarks eligible to be renewed in 2016-2017. The list of trademarks can be accessed here

Source: JAH & Co. IP, Qatar

Apr 04, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 6/11)
Goods & Services Specification Changed
The Trade Marks Registry in Uganda permits now for trademark application to use either the international class headings or the applicants choice of wording.

Before, the Registry insisted that specifications of goods and services be worded exactly in accordance with the class headings as set out in the 9th Edition of the International (Nice) Classification.

Source: Spoor & Fisher, South Africa

The principal law governing Trademarks in Uganda is the Trademarks Act No. 17 of 2010. While Uganda is not a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol (Madrid System) that makes it possible to protect a mark in large number of countries by obtaining international registration that has effect in each of the designated contracting parties, Uganda is a party to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property 1883. Uganda is also a party to the TRIPS Agreement (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights which is not only the first comprehensive multilateral agreement on intellectual property but also the first international agreement that sets forth minimum standards of protection for several areas of intellectual property. Trademark protection is obtained by registration. Trademarks must therefore be registered locally to be protected.
For the purposes of trademark registration, the goods and services are classified according to the 9th edition of the International classification of goods and services under the Nice Agreement 1957. The classification was incorporated in the Trademarks Act No. 17 of 2017 in the 2nd Schedule thereof.
Any word, symbol, slogan, logo, sound, smell, colour, brand, label, name, signature, letter, numerical or any combination of them which is capable of distinguishing goods or services and is capable of graphical representation or is distinctive is registrable.
Thus the formal requirements for a trademark to be eligible for registration are;
a) It must be distinctive in order to enable registration under part A and capable of distinguishing goods and services to enable registration under part B.
b) It must not be descriptive.
c) It must relate to particular goods or services.
The following trademark types are registrable; service marks, associated marks, defensive marks, collective mark and certification marks.
A person who intends to apply for the registration of a trademark must first carry out a search to ascertain whether the trademark exists in the register upon payment of a prescribed fee.
A trademark application is then filed upon payment of application fees. The application should contain the mark proposed to be used, the class of goods or services, the name, address and the signature of applicant. Where the applicant is a foreign company/person, a power of attorney (simply-signed) or Form of Authorization (TM. NO. 1) to an Agent, who must be an advocate of High Court, is required. The filled application is then filed at the Trademarks Registry.
The application is then examined by the Registrar to determine its inherent registrability and conflict with prior existing registrations and or applications. Where the application is accepted by the Registrar of Trademarks, the application is then advertised in the Uganda Gazette for a period of 60 days. If there is no objection after the expiration of 60 days of the advertisement, the Registrar shall upon payment of the prescribed fee by the applicant enter the trademark in the register and issue a certificate of registration.
A separate application is required for each class of goods.
Where registration of a trademark is not completed within twelve months from the date of the application by reason of default on the part of the applicant, the registrar is enjoined to give notice in writing to the applicant or his authorized agent at his or her trade or business address of the non-completion. The registration is deemed to be abandoned if it is not completed within 14 days from the date when the notice was sent or after such further time as the Registrar may have allowed.
Foreign applicants need a domestic registration.
Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness has been acquired by use.
The approximate time frame for completing the registration process of a trade mark in Uganda is about four months. The process can be longer when the application for registration is being opposed.
Any person who has any ground of objection may, within 60 days from the date of publication of an application in the Gazette, give notice to the Registrar of the objection to the registration. The notice of objection must be in writing and must state the grounds of objection. The party seeking to oppose registration may apply for extension of time if by the time of such application the registration has not been completed.
The term of a trademark is 7 years from filing date and is renewable every ten years upon payment of the prescribed fee.
The application for renewal can be made at any time not more than three months before the expiration of the last registration of a trademark. After this, the non-payment of the mark is published in the Gazette.
If within six months from the date of expiry of the trademark it is not renewed, a penalty for late renewal shall be paid.
For renewal, it is not necessary to proof use of the trademark.
Practical details on grace periods for trademark renewals are available in our publication here

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The official fee for filing a trademark application is USD 150 for each class in addition to official search fee of USD 65 per class. The publication fee is not fixed as it depends on the number of words or the amount of space the advert will take in the Gazette. The registration fee is USD 250.

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Nov 27, 2020
Angualia Busiku & Co. Advocates, Kampala, Uganda  

Angualia Busiku & Co. Advocates

Daniel Angualia

Daniel Angualia
BMK House, 4th Floor, Suite No. 402, Plot 4-5 Nyabong Road, Wampewo Avenue
256 Kampala
Uganda (UG)
Tel +256 774 477 656

We are one of the leading law firms in Uganda offering services in the field of intellectual property law with bias towards trademarks law. Our focus is to provide our clients with specialized, personalized, prompt and efficient legal services in combination with predictable fixed pricing. Our team is comprised of qualified trademark attorneys, paralegals and consultants. Our trademark services include; searches, filing and registration, watching, opposition and other administrative contentious matters, renewals, settlement negotiations, litigation, recordal of assignments, licences, franchising, joint development, infringement and enforcement matters.

We are members of various professional associations and organisations such as INTA, Association of IP Attorneys, Association of Intellectual Property Law firms. Uganda Law Society, East Africa law Society, Adam Global and Legal500 recognized law firm.

Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB)
Registrar General's Office
Georgian House, Plot. 5, George Street
P.O. Box 6848
Kampala, Uganda

Tel +256 414 233 219
Fax +256 414 250 712

African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO)
11 Natal Road

P.O. Box 4228

Tel +263 0242 794065
Fax +263 47 94 07 2