RECOGNITION AND ENFORCEMENT OF TRADEMARKS FROM COUNTRY OF ORIGIN IN UGANDA

The Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property, 1883 is the International Legal Instrument that provides provisions applicable to recognition and enforcement of Trademarks registered in country of Origin. Uganda is a contracting party to the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property, 1883, and its domestic legislation recognises the provisions of the convention above. Uganda’s domestic legislation on recognition and enforcement of trademarks from country of origin is in pari materia with the provisions of the convention above.

Conduct a Trademark Search

An intending applicant for registration of a trademark shall first carry out a search to ascertain whether the trademark exists in the register (section 5).

The motive behind initial trademark search is to reduce the number of opposition to trademarks registration proceedings. It is also important to conduct a search prior to launching a new brand/ product into the market.