- East Africa Law Society
- Uganda Law Society
Principal Associate at MMAKS Advocates
Grace Nakabugo is a principal associate in the IP team of MMAKS Advocates and the elected chair of the Uganda Law Society Intellectual Property Law Cluster. She is an advocate of the High Court of Uganda, a member of the Uganda Law Society and of the East Africa Law Society. Ms Nakabugo is listed as an IP expert by the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) and is a member of the Uganda Registration Services Bureau – Intellectual Property Registry User’s Forum.
She teaches IP law at Uganda Christian University and routinely partners with the Uganda Registration Services Bureau as a facilitator for national IP stakeholder engagements. She has also participated in the review of existing and drafting of new IP laws such as the Trademarks Act and Regulations, the Industrial Property Act and Regulations, the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act and the Geographical Indications Act and Regulations.
Ms Nakabugo won the award for Best Female Young Lawyer 2018/19 at the 5th Annual Women in Law Awards of the Uganda Law Society. She holds a master’s in IP law from WIPO, ARIPO and Africa University, Zimbabwe; an LLB (Hons) from Uganda Christian University and a post graduate diploma in legal practice.
Ms Nakabugo specialises and has a breadth of experience in IP law. She represents and advises clients on the creation, registration, maintenance, protection, commercialisation and enforcement of intellectual property. She has acted as counsel in trademark opposition and cancellation matters, investigations, anti-counterfeiting, trademark infringement and passing off matters for an array of international and local clients.