Patents

 International Arrangements:

  • Paris Union (from 14 June 1965)
  • WIPO (from 18 October 1973)
  • ARIPO (from 25 April 1984)
  • PCT (from 9 February 1995)

Types of Patents Available:

  • Patents of Invention
  • National Phase PCT application
  • ARIPO application
  • ARIPO Regional Phase PCT application

 Novelty Requirements:

Absolute novelty is required. However, novelty will not be destroyed if the disclosure of the invention to the public occurred not earlier than twelve months preceding the filing date or where applicable the priority date, and it was as a consequence of:

  • acts committed by the applicant or his predecessor in title, or
  • an abuse committed by a third party with regard to the applicant or his predecessor in title.

Patentability:

Diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical methods for the treatment of humans and animals are not patentable. Pharmaceutical products and test data until 1st January 2016 or such other period as may be granted to Uganda or least developed countries by the Council responsible for administering the Agreement on trade related aspects of intellectual property under the World Trade Organization.

Filing Requirements:

National Phase PCT Application:

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed) (can be late filed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English (required on the day of filing)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing)
  • Relevant class(es) of the International Patent Classification (can be late filed)
  • Assignment of Invention (can be late filed)
  • Copy of Published International Application (required on the day of filing)
  • Copy of International Search Report (can be late filed)
  • Copy of International Preliminary Report on Patentability (can be late filed)

  Patents of Invention (Non-PCT):

  • Power of Attorney (simply signed) (can be late filed)
  • Specification, claims and abstract in English (required on the day of filing)
  • Formal drawings, if applicable (required on the day of filing)
  • Relevant class(es) of the International Patent Classification (can be late filed)
  • Assignment of Invention (can be late filed)
  • Priority document with verified English translation (can be late filed)

ARIPO application in which Uganda is designated:

Please see ARIPO

ARIPO Regional Phase PCT application:

Please see ARIPO

Grant:

The term of a patent is twenty years from the filing date. 

Renewal:

Renewal fees fall due annually before each anniversary of the date of filing of the application.

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