UNCST MESSAGE ON WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY 2016
KAMPALA; April 26, 2016: Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) joins the rest of the world to mark the World Intellectual Property (IP) Day under the theme: “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined”.
Celebrating World IP Day helps Ugandans to reflect on the role Intellectual Property Rights i.e. patents, trademarks, and industrial designs, copyright, play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
This year’s theme is relevant in exploring the future of Culture in the Digital Age: how we create it, how we access it and how we finance it. It is therefore important that we look into how a flexible intellectual property system will help ensure that the artists and creative industries are appropriately rewarded for their work, so they can keep creating.
It is worth noting that technology has enabled innovators to market their works across the globe, the same technology has made enforcement of their rights very difficult as their works can be freely accessed by anyone without being paid for.
Uganda has made many positive strides in her IP Administration and Management. IP rights have been incorporated in Uganda’s laws such as The Trademarks Act (2010), The Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act (2006) and The Patents Act (2002).
UNCST in collaboration with lead the agency for IP – Uganda Registration Services Bureau and other stakeholders, including: Ministry of Trade Industry and Cooperatives, Uganda Management Institute, Uganda Manufacturers Association, are involved in various IP related initiatives aimed at building capacity and creating IP awareness especially among Ugandan scientists and innovators.
At UNCST we recognize that science and technology can be appropriately harnessed to optimize the benefits arising from innovation and creativity in all fields of science and technology. UNCST encourages all Ugandans to appreciate and understand their IP regime and how it can be beneficial to them going forward. There is also need to encourage IP generation, but more emphasis should be directed at IP protection.
As part of the activities to mark this day, UNCST will hold a public IP Clinic on Thursday April 28, 2016 at UNCST Headquarters. Register athttp://www.uncst.go.ug/component/content/article/29/263.html to participate.
UNCST wishes all Ugandans successful World Intellectual Property Day Celebrations