URSB moves to check patent, copyright abuse

Employees arrange files at Uganda Resistration Services Bureau offices in Kampala. The government agency is in charge of registering businesses, among other roles. PHOTO BY STEPHEN OTAGE

What you need to know:

Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) was established in 1998 to, among other things, register business names, companies, intellectual property like trademarks, patents, copyrights, chattels securities and handle insolvency matters. Daily Monitor’s Stephen Otage talked to Bemanya Twebaze, the registrar general URSB. Below are the excerpts.

What is the purpose of this bureau?
The purpose of URSB is to spearhead legal and business registration reforms, private sector growth through enterprise formalisation and revenue collection.
We are a public institution previously known as the department of Registrar General under the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. URSB was granted a self-accounting status in 2010 and its restructuring started towards the end of 2011.


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