Cabinet has approved the National Intellectual Property (IP) Policy. The sole purpose of intellectual property law is to allow the people who create and invent things to profit from their work.
Cabinet has approved the National Intellectual
Property (IP) Policy, the government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo has revealed. The
objective of the policy is to for stimulate innovation, creativity
and attract foreign direct investments.
According to cabinet, a strong IP system will
encourage economic growth due to advancement in technology.
The policy is also
intended to support establishment of comprehensive Public and
Private institutional IP frame works for administration, protection,
commercialization and enforcement of rights thus ensuring delivery
of IP services to all stake holders.
Intellectual Properties include ideas,
inventions, discoveries, trade secrets, processes, programs, data, formula,
patents, copyrights, trademarks, and designs among others. These commonly
manifest in the works of musicians, poets and writers among others
Opondo says that with such a policy in place, owners of works
like songs shall have close ownership to their works and protect them from
people who make benefit out of their works without any understanding with the
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The policy is also intended to ensure effective IP rights
enforcement. According to cabinet, this will be achieved through building
collaborations and strengthening linkages between different
IP administrative and enforcement entities.
Opondo says the policy facilitates more active and
comprehensive promotion of IP awareness through appropriate short
It is also intended to generate effective and
beneficial linkages between the National and International IP systems as well
as set a policy direction in Regional and International relations in respect of
Opondo says this will improve Uganda’s chances of receiving
innovators with a guarantee their innovations shall be protected by law
enforceable by this policy.
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The sole purpose of the intellectual
is to allow the people who create and invent things to
profit from their work.
Cabinet also approved the appointment of the
Members of the Board of trustees for Uganda National Cultural Centre for a
period of 3 years.
The Appointees are; Sam Okello
Kello (Chairperson), Cissy Mbabazi (Vice Chairperson), and board members
Wilson Usher Owere, Juliet Jolly Kyobutungi, Edison Ngirabakunzi, Kiyimba
Musisi, Juliana Naumo Akoryo and Fred Mutebi