Region: Uganda

Jamie Oliver dispute highlights certification risks; experts say new EU right creates opportunities for canny brands

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver hit the headlines when his online recipes were accused of infringing a US certification mark. The lawsuit coincides with the recent introduction of EU certification rights.

06 October 2017

IP attorney rock stars, NFL partners with London Police and French protesters see orange over plain packaging: news round-up

In this round-up, we look at the fourth country to bring into force plain packaging on tobacco products, a trademark technology start-up’s €3 million in new funding, and much more.

06 October 2017

Trademarks with dictionary meanings risk becoming meaningless in Africa

A string of recent decisions finding that a mark’s ordinary meaning negatively affects its ability to serve as a unique indicator of source could have a significant impact on brand owners

01 May 2017

Venturing into Africa: law firm opportunity and risk in an evolving IP landscape

For this week’s blog post from the <em>WTR 1000</em> research team, it is timely to consider the current state of trademark protection in Africa.

15 August 2016

The principle of territoriality in trademark protection

The High Court case <i>Nairobi Java House Ltd v Mandela Auto Spares Ltd</i> is a precedent-setting decision that takes a fresh look at the principle of territoriality in trademark protection.

31 March 2016

High Court considers when infringement and passing-off actions prescribe

In <i>Vitafoam (U) Ltd v Euroflex Ltd</i>, the Uganda High Court has considered whether a claim based on passing off and trademark infringement had prescribed because the complaint was brought before the court more than six years after the alleged unlawful activity had commenced.

19 July 2011

Flexible specifications and convention priority claims now allowed

Following intense lobbying from practitioners, the requirement that specifications of goods and services be worded exactly in accordance with the class headings as set out in the Nice Classification has been withdrawn. Moreover, the Trademarks Registry has announced that applications may now be filed claiming priority under the Paris Convention.

09 March 2011

New Trademark Act comes into force

The new Trademark Act has entered into force. One of the most significant amendments is the possibility to register service marks. Service providers, which have waited for a long time for their brands to be protected, have welcomed this development. Among other things, applicants are now required to conduct searches under Section 5 of the act.

22 October 2010

Long-awaited Trademarks Bill passed by Parliament

The Ugandan Parliament has passed the Trademarks Bill. One of the most significant amendments is the possibility to register service marks. Although the passing of the bill is to be welcomed, it is felt that the bill could have gone further, especially in terms of the protection of trademarks on the Internet.

18 May 2010

Ninth Edition of the Nice Classification adopted

Uganda has adopted the Ninth Edition of the Nice Classification. Some practitioners interpreted this development to mean that service mark protection had become available in Uganda. However, the Ugandan authorities have confirmed that the law has not yet been amended to provide for service mark protection.

15 July 2009

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