Registered Designs

Membership of International Conventions:

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

Types of Designs available:

  • Industrial Designs

Novelty requirements:

An industrial design is registrable if it is new. An industrial design is new if it has not been disclosed to the public, anywhere in the world, by publication in tangible form or, in Uganda, by use or in any other way, prior to the filing date or, where applicable, the priority date of the application for registration.


“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 colours.

The protection of an industrial design shall not extend to anything in an industrial design which serves solely to obtain a technical result, and to the extent that it leaves no freedom as regards arbitrary features of appearance.

An industrial design which is contrary to public order or morality shall not be registered.

An industrial design is not registerable if it is protected under the Uganda Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act, 2006.

Two or more industrial designs may be the subject of the same classification if they relate to the same class under international classification or to the same set or composition of articles.

Filing Requirements:

  • Power of Attorney (can be late filed)
  • Drawings, photographs or other adequate graphic representations of the article embodying the industrial design (required on the day of filing)
  • An indication of the kind of products for which the industrial design is to be used
  • Certified copy of priority document, if priority claimed (can be late filed)
  • Sworn Translation of Priority Document if not in English (can be late filed)
  • Assignment (can be late filed)

Deferred Publication:

It is possible to delay publication from date of filing or date of priority application, but not longer than 12 months.

Substantive Examination:


Average Period from Application to Registration:

1 year

Duration and Renewal:

Design registration is valid for an initial term of five years from the filing date, which is renewable upon payment of the required fees for two further terms of five years each. Renewal fees must be paid within 12 months immediately preceding the renewal period.

ARIPO design in which Uganda is designated:

Please refer to our ARIPO Designs memorandum for further information on ARIPO designs.

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