Registration of trademarks in Uganda is enabled by the Principal Legislation on trademarks in Uganda the Trademarks Act No.7 of 2010 that repealed the Trademarks Act Cap 217 and Chapter 37 of the Penal Code Act Cap 120; and its regulations, the Trademark Regulations Statutory Instrument No. 58 of 2012.
- (a) the words “patent”, “patented”, “by letters patent”, “registered”, “registered trade mark”, “registered design”, “copyright”, “certified”, “guaranteed”, “to counterfeit this is a forgery” or words to like effect;
- (b) the words “Red Cross” or “Geneva Cross” and representations of the Geneva and other crosses in red, or of the Swiss federal cross in white on a red ground or silver on a red ground, or such representations in a similar colour or colours;
- (c) representations of the armorial ensigns of Uganda or any device so nearly resembling them as to be likely to lead to mistake, or of the national flag, or any words, letters, or devices likely to lead persons to think that the applicant has Government patronage or authorization; and
- (d) a representation of armorial bearings, insignia, a decoration or a flag of any state, administration, city, town, place, society, body corporate, institution or person.
The law also restricts registration of the following marks; trademarks likely to deceive or would be contrary to law, morality or any scandalous design; a trademark consisting of a word commonly used and accepted as a name of a single chemical element or compound; a shape that results from the nature of the goods themselves; the shape of goods that is necessary to obtain a technical result and the shape that gives substantial value to the goods. The law also prohibits registration of trademarks that are identical and resembling trademarks already on the register by a different owner, subject to exceptions.