Designs and Models

– The Industrial Property Act, 2014, in force since April 1, 2015.
– The Industrial Property Regulations, 2017, in force since February 10, 2017.

Membership in International Conventions

– See under “Patents of Invention“.


Note: with the entry into force of the Industrial Property Act, 2014, the extension of U.K. registered designs to Uganda is no longer possible (existing rights are however preserved).

Applicant: same as for “patents“.

Definition: an industrial design means that aspect of a useful article which is ornamental or aesthetic that may consist of three-dimensional features like a shape or surface of an article or a three-dimensional feature such as patterns, line or colors, provided it does not consist of anything which serves solely to obtain a technical result, and to that extent that it leaves no freedom as regards arbitrary features of appearance.

Multiple designs: an application may relate to two or more designs belonging to the same class under the International Classification.

Novelty: worldwide.

Filing requirements for an application (to be sent to authorized agent):
1. Power of attorney (not legalized);
2. An application form;
3. Drawings, photographs or other graphic representations of the article embodying the design and an indication of the kind of products for which the design is to be used.

For a change of name or address:
1. A certificate of change of name or address; original or notarized copy.

Electronic filing: available.

Electronic signatures: are not accepted (only wet signatures).

Registration, Protection

Examination: as to formal requirements and novelty.

Publication: the Registrar registers the design, publishes a reference to the registration, and issues a certificate of registration (in electronic format).

Duration: five years.

Renewal: for two further consecutive periods of five years, upon payment of the prescribed renewal fee. The fee shall be paid within twelve months before the expiration of the period of registration. Grace period: six months with fine.

Invalidation: any interested person may request the court to invalidate a design, within twelve months from the date of publication of the grant.