Presentation on theme: "PRESENTED BY ELIZABETH TAMALE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER MINISTRY OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND COOPERATIVES AID FOR TRADE, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND DEVELOPMENT-"— Presentation transcript:
PRESENTED BY ELIZABETH TAMALE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER MINISTRY OF TRADE, INDUSTRY AND COOPERATIVES AID FOR TRADE, INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND DEVELOPMENT- EXPERIENCE OF UGANDA
OUTLINE INTRODUCTION POLICY GUIDELINE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND AID FOR TRADE: SUPPORT RECEIVED BY UGANDA CHALLENGES CONCLUSION
NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2010/11-2014/15 Primary growth sectors include: manufacturing, ICT, agriculture development Complementary include: Science and technology, trade development
Manufacturing Objective 4: Enhanced applied research and technology development Strategy: Strengthen Research and technology development in industrial application Intervention description (iv) Strengthen the legal framework associated with IPR
Science and Technology Objective 1: Promote and accelerate the use of research, innovation and applied technology; Strategy 1: scale up the adaptability of the new and available science knowledge and technologies Intervention description: (iv) Facilitate and exchange S&T innovation through protection and use of intellectual property rights (IPR); Strategy 2: ( iv) implementation of copyright law and patent act
Trade Development Objective: Increased market access for Uganda’s products and services in regional and international markets. Strategy 2: Enhance branding of products and services. Intervention description (i) development of an effective branding program for products and services
Other Policies IP is cross cutting and there are several policies that address IP under different sectors i.e. National Trade Policy (2007) National Industrial Policy (2008) National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (2009) National Policy on Culture; National Health sector policy
Support received by Uganda The IP Forum was supported by BizClim in 2008, studies done in 7 areas which will support the national IP policy formulation; Justice Law and Order Sector (basket funding) support to Uganda Law Reform Commission to amend commercial laws including the Trademark Act, develop copyright and Neighboring rights (2005) Industrial Property bill 2009 WIPO has provided support to Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB)-
Intellectual property automation system (IPAS) for trademark registration, IP policies for universities Technology and innovation support center has been set up in URSB
contn WTO, WIPO,SIDA, USPTO have supported some training programs; TradeCom supported a general sensitization workshop for the Judges, public prosecutors and attorneys; National IP training needs assessment required to address the capacity gaps as new laws and regulations are developed.
cont WIPO is providing technical assistance to develop brands for vanilla, cotton and sesame seed; Light Years IP and African IP Trust supporting the developed IP strategy for Vanilla and Shear butter. Training of Northern Uganda producers of shear butter in quality improvement, code of conduct, management of association, management of collective brand; Funding will be required to establish these brands in export markets.
Challenges Since IP is cross cutting coordination had been a challenge; Sometimes contradictory commitments are made at the multilateral and domestic level, Support tend to focus more on enforcement but not on domestic generation of IP or the use of IP for economic development; Commercialising IP is still a challenge for innovators; Weak linkage between the private sector and research institutions;
Conclusion IP issues should be integrated into the priority areas of support by the development partners and international institution; Use of IP for business clusters should be supported; Branding strategies should not only be limited to registering brand at the national level but also establishing these brands in export markets.
contn Use of IP for business and market access i.e. through the development of IP strategies for different sectors will enable a critical mass of people who will appreciate IP not only the enforcement aspect but the intangible value that people can own and get economic rewards; WTO could use experience of funding of SPS projects through establishment of an IP fund similar to Standards and Trade Development facility (STDF) Fund should support preparation of feasibility studies and project grants. Recipient country could contribute 10-15% of the cost of the project