Why and how to register a trademark in Uganda

In order to protect a trademark in Uganda, it necessarily has to be registered. Local trademark registration in Uganda is done through the Uganda Registration Service Bureau (URSB).

Trademark registration for Uganda may also be done regionally, as this country is a member of the African Regional Industrial Property Organization (ARIPO) and a party to the Banjul Protocol. Registration through ARIPO grants protection and recognition in the following ten countries: BotswanaLesothoLiberiaMalawiNamibiaSao Tome and PrincipeSwaziland, Uganda, Tanzania (mainland) and Zimbabwe. For more information please visit our page on trademark services in ARIPO.

The initial registration term for a locally registered trademark in Uganda is seven (7) years starting from the date on which it was filed. Subsequent renewal periods are for ten (10) years.

If you register a combined trademark (which includes both word elements and figurative elements) in Uganda, the exclusive right to use the trademark is limited to a use of the trademark in the exact configuration or way in which it was filed and registered. If you wish to use the word element of your trademark separately from the logo (or vice versa), it is recommended you register for another trademark including only the word or figurative elements you wish to use and protect separately.

Nevertheless, if a third party eventually intends to register or use a trademark for similar goods or services that includes a primary or distinct part or portion of your trademark, you will have the right to oppose the application based on confusing similarity. The probabilities of success for an opposition will vary in each case depending on the circumstances.

Opposition against conflicting trademark applications may be presented within 60 days from the date on which the conflicting trademark is advertised in the official government gazette.

If you would like for the figurative or design elements of your trademark to be considered when assessing your trademark for registration in Uganda (Trademark Search Report), contact us directly in order to determine if we may be able to offer this in this jurisdiction. In such cases, prices for service and estimated delivery times may vary.

 

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