An opposition to the registration of a trademark grounded on existence of a similar mark will be upheld by the Registrar of Trademarks or the court, where the opponent establishes a likelihood of confusion to an average consumer in the territory where the earlier mark is protected.
Successful companies rely on the power of their trademarks and brands to communicate the quality and distinctiveness of their products and services. Trademarks are often some of the most valuable assets of a company. It is therefore important for the owner to have every trademark protected in order to ensure the exclusive right of its use and to prevent unfair competitors from using identical or similar ones for inferior products or services. Infringement or dilution of a mark can cost millions in revenue and goodwill.
Due to our proven track record in high-profile litigation and non contentious matters, in-house counsel and other leading trademark practitioners consistently look to Angualia Busiku & Co. Advocates to handle their most complex, high-stakes trademark matters. The trademark department has experienced lawyers and trademark agents who are experienced in filing and prosecuting trademark applications in Uganda and internationally through a network of experienced foreign law firms and associates.
We follow the life of a mark from selection, clearance, prosecution, licensing, assignments, watch services, disputes, and litigation. Our network with international trademark law firms, associates and trademark organisations has enabled us to consistently represent both local and international brands in all their trademark issues in Uganda.
Trademark search and registration services
We conduct initial researches at the Trademark Office in order to verify the chances of approval of denominations as trademarks. We also assist clients in obtaining and maintaining registered trademarks, including conducting all necessary searches, filing applications, preparing and filing renewal applications, opposition proceedings, assignments, licenses and handling other connected matters before the Trademark Office in Uganda and other international trademark offices.
Trademarks watch services
We monitor Applications at the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) and the publications through Uganda Gazette (the Official Gazette) published weekly by the Uganda Printing & Publication Corporation (UPPC). We promptly notify our clients of the publication of potentially conflicting trademarks, and upon instruction, oppose them if authorized by the clients. We actively monitor the electronic and other press for unauthorized uses of client’s trademarks.
Trademarks enforcement at the customs
Our law firm assists clients in obtaining and enforcing trademark rights in other countries and in obtaining protection from Uganda Revenue Authority Customs Department against infringing imports and exports. We are specialists, pro-active, efficient and competitive in all trademark matters.
Trademark Litigation services
Our trademark department is equipped with trademark attorneys with over ten years experience in handling trademark, service mark, trade name litigation in the courts. We work closely with associates in other countries to afford our client high quality services in foreign trademark litigation.
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