Protectable trademarks in Uganda

Is protected as trademark, any sign or mark or combination of signs or marks capable of being represented graphically and capable of distinguishing goods or services of one undertaking from those of another undertaking. It may consist of any word, symbol, slogan, logo, sound, smell, color, brand label, name, signature, letter, numeral or any combination of them.

 In order for a trademark other than a certification mark to be registered, the trademark shall contain or consist of at least one of the following essential particulars—

  • The name of a company, individual or firm, represented in a special or particular manner
  • The signature of the applicant for registration or of some predecessor in his or her business
  • An invented word or invented words;
  • A word or words having no direct reference to the character or quality of the goods or services, and not being according to its ordinary signification, a geographical name or a surname; or
  • Any other distinctive mark.

Trademark registration requirement in Uganda

  • Full particulars of the applicant
  • Simply signed Power of attorney
  • List of the goods or services the trademark is to be used with
  • Representation of the trademarks
  • Specimen of the trademark in exceptional cases.

Duration of trademarks registration in Uganda


The registration of a trademark shall be for a period of seven years and shall be renewable every ten years upon payment of a prescribed fee. At any time not more than three months before the expiration of the last registration of a trademark, a person may fill form a prescribed form and file it with the registrar accompanied by a fee for renewal of registration of a trademark.

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