Uganda has once again scored a first on the African continent. Uganda Registration Solutions Bureau (URSB) formally signed up with the TMclass and DesignClass on 03rd August 2020, after confirmation by the European Union Copyright Organisation (EUIPO).
TMclass deals users the opportunity to search and translate goods and services to and from any of the 44 languages available, while the DesignClass enables search and translation of product indicators in 28 languages. The EU trademark classification is an important tool to support Ugandan business working internationally and in the European Union.
The system will enable full automation of the front office in a more interactive way that arms the customer with the capability to input information and data remotely from anywhere thus providing enhanced client service and availability, especially in the period of the COVID-19 pandemic that has demanded re-thinking of service delivery platforms.
To seal the collaboration, the European Union Delegation to Uganda signed today a front Office license agreement with URSB under the EUIPO framework of existing cooperation with Uganda on trade and investments, led by the EU Ambassador to Uganda H.E. Attilio Pacifici. The Registrar General, Bemanya Twebaze signed on behalf of URSB. This remarkable accomplishment marks a crucial step in collaboration between URSB and EUIPO.
This arrangement traces its beginnings to a workshop in November 2019, organized by the EUIPO for the African Regional Intellectual Residential Or Commercial Property Organisation (ARIPO) and Intellectual Residential Or Commercial Property Workplaces of Member States of ARIPO whose goal was to provide for a collective platform that promotes and enhances cooperation with IP Workplaces and sharing of understanding and experience through tools established under the European Union Copyright Network (EUIPN).
Speaking at the signing event, Bemanya Twebaze stated the collaboration was impressive for Uganda’s copyright sector, especially for the growing imaginative market that required security. ‘The procedure leading up to this contract has been interactive and the engagements that will follow when this is done herald a higher chance for us as an office to enhance our consumer experience and service shipment but also to acknowledge the advantages of ongoing cooperation with our partners the EU through the EUIPO’
Amb. Pacifici on his part confirmed the importance of this new partnership. ‘The EU Delegation began in 2018 an effort to promote collaborations in between European and Ugandan personal sector and key picked public stars with a view of improving the method we work together and draw in more investments. This caused the 1st Uganda-Europe Organization Forum earlier this year and the launch of the Sustainable Service for Uganda effort. The new Partnership struck today between EUIPO and URSB is a crucial action in that process. We applaud both parties for beginning this long-term cooperation and verify the EU Delegation’s support to this effort’.
URSB’s bilateral cooperation with the EUIPO will assist in job recognition, protection and promotion of Geographical Indications as well as acquisition, customisation and deployment of EUIPO’s Front Office Tool, Hallmark Class and Style Class tools to enhance filing and classification activities