World Intellectual Property Day: The challenges before Uganda.


BY MAYIMUNA NABAGEREKA VIA THE UAH FACEBOOK FORUM

April 26, 2015, (like April 26 of every year) was the World Intellectual Property Day, a day set apart annually to celebrate human creative endeavours as evinced in original innovations and ideas.

Last Thursday, precisely, 23rd of April, is the World Book and Copyright Day, a day also set apart annually to celebrate literature, literacy and protection of intellectual rights.

The World Book and Copyright Day is organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright, while the Vision of World Intellectual Property Day, according to World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) is to “raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and designs impact on daily life and to celebrate creativity, and the contribution made by creators and innovators to the development of societies across the globe”.

Unfortunately, our intellectual property law and enforcement regime is one of the most relaxed in the world with unscrupulous elements gaining ascendancy over merits and talents; these bad characters keep laughing their crooked way to the banks while the researchers, innovators, literary icons, artistes and other gifted souls are being scorched with fire of frustration. For instance, Harriet Kisakye died but she couldn’t afford money for treatment yet she was a celebrity musician. Musicians,most of them, aren’t rich and don’t save.

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