Intellectual Property Rights ( IPRs) are characterized by limited duration of protection Patent owners have a right to decide who can use the patented invention, they may sell or license other parties to use the patent on mutually agreed terms Protection ends when patent expires, it becomes part of the public domain Grant of Patents
In order for an inventor to get a patent, he/she must file a patent application Application must have the following: -title of the invention Indication of its technical field Background and description of the invention Clear language that a person of average understanding of the field could use or reproduce the invention Drawings, plans or diagrams accompany the description to further clarify the invention Claims i.e information which determines the extent of protection granted by the patent An invention must be of practical use, novel (new) not known by existing body of knowledge or prior art, must have an inventive step i.e a person of average knowledge in that technical field must be able to deduce this. Subject matter must be ‘patentable’ in law.
Application Fees shs.180,000/= Correction of an application shs.12,000/= Grant of the patent shs.300,000/= Annual maintenance fees shs.48,000/= on first anniversary date Additional shs.12,000/= for every year the patent is in force Conversion of patent to Utility Model shs.12000/= Utility Models 1/3 of fees payable for patents Application Fees shs.180,000/= Correction of an application shs.12,000/= Grant of the patent shs.300,000/= Annual maintenance fees shs.48,000/= on first anniversary date Additional shs.12,000/= for every year the patent is in force Trademark is a distinctive sign which identifies goods or services from those of other competing products Trademark provides protection by providing exclusive rights to use it to identify goods or services.
It allows owner to authorise another to use it in return for payment Period of protection is 7 years, renewable every 10 years on payment of prescribed fee Enforcement is by courts TM protection hinders unfair competition as it curbs on counterfeits, use of confusingly similar marks TM may be one word(s), letters, numerals or a combination thereof, it may be a drawing, sign, symbol, colour TM identify source of commercial goods/service TM can be collectively owned TM can be a certification mark – compliance with defined standards e.g ‘ISO 9000’ quality standard Register at Uganda Registration Services Bureau, responsible for administration of all IP laws by facilitating registrations under these laws and related matters.
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