Having issued a directive last week stating that the Ninth Edition of the Nice Classification is now fully operative in Uganda, including service classes, the Registry has issued a "clarification" of its previous statement.

The Ninth Edition will enter into force in Uganda when the Trade Marks Bill which is currently before Parliament has been passed, and a new Trade Marks Law enters into effect. So, regrettably, service marks cannot be registered as yet, although as indicated in our earlier posting, the law would have to be changed in order to give validity to such an announcement.

Further details of the new law and when it is expected to enter into force will be posted on our website as soon as this information is available.