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Quick information guide

Registration steps and procedures for Patenting; trademarks; intellectual property; copy right; model utility and other related inventions, see the information guide [pages 5-8] 

Forms

Intellectual property, Trademark, and Copyright

Fees

Intellectual Property fees

Contacts for the Uganda Registration Services Bureaus (URSB):

  1. Headquarters
    Plot 5 George Street, Georgian House,
    P.O. Box 6848 Kampala Uganda
    Phone: +256 414 233 219
    Call center +256 417 338 100
    Whatsapp: +256 712 448 448
    Toll free: 0800 100 006
    Email: ursb@ursb.go.ug
    Web: www.ursb.go.ug

     
  2. Branches
  • Kampala
  1. Posta Uganda Main office, Kampala Road Booth 1, 2, 3 & 5
  2. Uganda Investment Authority Offices (UIA), Twed Plaza (1st Floor) Lumumba Avenue (One Stop Centre).
  3. Nakivubo Mews – Sekaziga House Floor 1, Nakivubo mews.
  • Eastern Uganda Regional Office: Mbale
    Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
    Plot 3, Park Crescent,
     
  • Western Uganda Regional Office: Mbarara
    Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
    Plot 1, Kamukuzi Hill,

     
  • Northern Uganda Regional Office: Gulu
    Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
     Plot 6B Princess Road,
  • West Nile Regional Office: Arua
    Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs
    Plot 42/44 Packwach road,

3. Through over 40 municipalities at the offices of the Ministry of Local Government/URA,

4. Two fully equipped mobile vans that handle registrations in hard to reach areas.
Contact URSB for free at 0800 100 006 to find out when the mobile vans will be in your area.

Patenting Services in Uganda

Definition

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) defines Intellectual Property (IP) as creations of the mind, such as inventions; literary and artistic works; designs; and symbols, names and images used in commerce.
 

Uganda has various domestic laws providing for protection of different types of Intellectual property such as the Industrial Property Act 2014. Uganda has also ratified and is a signatory of both regional and international Intellectual Property instruments in order to harmonize enforcement with the systems of other jurisdictions.

Uganda has also ratified and is a signatory of both regional and international Intellectual Property instruments in order to harmonize enforcement with the systems of other jurisdictions. Uganda is a member of African Regional intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), as well as World Trade Organisation (WTO).

There are 2 categories of Intellectual Property (IP)

  • Copyright and Neighbouring Rights - literary and artistic works such as novels, poems and plays, movies, musical works, photographs, architectural designs, computer programmes and electronic databases
  • Industrial Property - inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs, and geographic indications

Intellectual Property rights grant one exclusive rights to exploit and benefit from one's creation.
 

Importance of protection of intellectual property

  • innovators are able to benefit from their work
  • legal protection of inventions encourages further spending on innovations
  • further spending leads to economic growth by creating jobs thus improving livelihoods.
     

You can file for IP Protection through;

  • National - Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), the national IP office
  • Regional - African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO)
  • International - World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
     

Note:

  • The term of protection for a patent in Uganda in 20 years, and to remain in force, a patent holder is required to pay annual maintenance fees. 
  • The term of protection for a utility model is 10 years.

Patenting information guide

Intellectual Property in Uganda

Importance of protecting your innovations

Cost of Patenting Services in Uganda

Cost of patents for local and foreign investors