Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Uganda IP office gets automated using WIPO's IPAS

Good news comes to those that are long suffering and patient!

According to officials from Uganda's Registration services Bureau(URSB) formerly the Registrar General, it will soon be possible to effect more accurate searches on the trademark register. The existing system was only able to determine availability of word marks, whereas the new IPAS system will be able to compare images scanned into its system for similarity. With this system, it will be easier to determine the number of marks registered in Uganda, the number of local or foreign applications as well as other related issues.

The IPAS system has been launched with support from WIPO and will initially begin with trademarks by introducing a paperless age that is revolutionary in this office. Hopefully, all concerned, both local and foreign users of the trademark registry will begin benefiting from this new facility.

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