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Patent Information

International and Regional Arrangements:

  • Paris Convention:  Yes
  • PCT:  Yes (national phase deadline is 21 months for Chapter 1 applications and 31 months for Chapter 2 applications)
  • ARIPO:  Yes (see ARIPO requirements for designating Uganda in an ARIPO application)
  • OAPI:  No

Filing Requirements:

  • Published PCT application or English specification, abstract and drawings if non PCT (required on the day of filing)
  • Power of Attorney, simply signed (no set deadline)
  • Assignment of Invention (no set deadline)
  • International Search Report and International Preliminary Examination Report (no set deadline)
  • Priority document and verified English translation (no set deadline)

Novelty:   Absolute novelty is required

Patentability:   Methods of medical treatment, surgery or diagnosis are not patentable

Excess Fees:   None

Examination:   As to form only, although the Registrar may request particulars of corresponding applications in other jurisdictions and may also direct that substantive examination be conducted through the ARIPO office for inventions in certain technical fields

Term of Patent:   20 years from the effective filing date

Renewals:   Due annually from the first anniversary of the effective filing date

General Information

  • Area: Approximately 241 000 km2
  • Population: 33.4 million
  • Capital: Kampala
  • Currency: Ugandan Shilling
  • GDP:  $ 41.7 billion (2010)
  • Domain name extension: .ug
  • Languages: 11 official languages: English (official language), Swahili, Luganda
  • Exports: Coffee; cotton; tea; gold; fish products; horticultural products
  • Imports:  Petroleum; cereals; medical supplies; capital equipment; vehicles

International / Regional Conventions:

  • Banjul Protocol (of ARIPO)
  • Paris Convention
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Convention
  • WTO/TRIPS
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