Uganda - Country Commercial Guide
Protecting Intellectual Property

Provides advice on IPR protection, including information on the registration of patents and trademarks.
 

Last published date: 2021-11-12

Ugandan law protects intellectual property rights, but the government rarely enforces laws aimed at preventing piracy and the distribution of counterfeit goods.  While the URSB provides a standardized process for registering each type of intellectual property and allows investors to enforce their rights through the court system, enforcement remains weak.  Uganda signed the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Patent Law Treaty in 2000, but has yet to ratify it.  Uganda is not listed on the United States Trade Representative Special 301 report or on the notorious market report.

For additional information about treaty obligations and points of contact at local IP offices, please see WIPO’s country profiles at WIPO – Country Profiles

In any foreign market companies should consider several general principles for effective protection of their intellectual property.  For background, please visit the following links:  Protecting Intellectual Property and Stopfakes.gov for more resources.

IP Attaché Contact:

Address: Plot 1577, Ggaba Road

Telephone: +256-414-306102

E-mail: CommercialKampala@state.gov

For more information, contact ITA’s Office of Intellectual Property Rights Director, Stevan Mitchell at Stevan.Mitchell@trade.gov