Uganda is a member of the Paris Convention, the ARIPO (Banjul Protocol), and the WTO/TRIPS.
Although Uganda is a member of the Paris Convention, the Act does not make provision for claiming priority. It is therefore not clear whether convention priority can be claimed.
Furthermore, although Uganda is a member of the Banjul Protocol of ARIPO, no provision is made in Uganda’s national law for the recognition of ARIPO registrations in which Uganda is designated, nor for the filing of ARIPO applications in Uganda.
Provision is made in the Act for the registration of trade marks for goods and for services. However, as the Rules under the old Act are still in force, they make no provision for the classification or registration of services.
The Act also provides for certification marks as well as for defensive registration of trade marks, and for the registration of series of trade marks.
The Act further provides for the register to be divided into two Parts, Part A for trade marks which are distinctive, and Part B for trade marks which are capable of distinguishing.