Government of Uganda is proposing Anti-Counterfeiting Goods Bill to prohibit the manufacture and trade in counterfeit goods that infringe upon protected intellectual property rights.
UNCCI members have taken this discussion with a mixture of opinions;
- Some say this is a good law to protect those with good innovations.
- Others argue that it instead hinders technology adoption which is a pillar for innovation. They insist that every technology builds on existing works.
- Industrialists are saying that this is one way developing countries can develop local industries by leveraging on imported technology, for it will create cheap and affordable goods.
- Proponents of intellectual property law view this as a duplication of efforts. They argue that instead all efforts be put to implementation of already existing intellectual property law.
UNCCI is receiving views and comments on this bill and to present to parliament for consideration.
To access the draft for your scrutiny, please follow the link below; Anti-Counterfeiting-Bill-2015
Please send your views to firstname.lastname@example.org.