URSB calls for unity in fight against counterfeit in Sports

David GOMBE

Uganda Sports family joined the rest of the world to celebrate the world intellectual day. The main celebrations were held at Kabira Country club, Bukoto.

Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Kahinda Otafiire was the chief guest at the function organised by the Uganda Registration Services Bureau.

Arthur Blick ( Motor Sport), USPA President Patrick Kanyomozi, Uganda Athletics Federation Dominic Otuchet and Rugby player Charlotte Mudoola were also in attendance.

Twebaze Bemanya, the Registrar General of Uganda Registration Services Bureau called upon all stakeholders in the sports fraternity to work as a team in fighting forgery

“We all know forgery is unauthorized in Uganda and so I call upon all the stakeholders in the sports companies to join hands and we fight this in our country. Sports activities worldwide have become a multi billion dollar but to secure the economic value of sports we need to build a relationship on the Intellectual Property rights.”

Mercy Kainobwisho, the I Director urged brand owners to always monitor their brand products

“I encourage the brand owners to always monitor their brand products since we all know there’s a challenge of counterfeit. The should also put much emphasis on advertising which we is great in the sports industry.”

Denis Lukambi, the FUFA Legal Officer says that some Intellectual Property laws in Uganda do not protect the sports Federations

“Sports Federations in Uganda are not protected with the current Intellectual Property laws in media broadcast infringements and merchandising. FUFA has a registered logo, a slogan, Uganda Cranes and the FUFA anthem have all helped the Federation generate revenue.” Stated Lukambi

Officials from Uganda Premier league clubs, Express FC, SC Villa, Police FC and KCCA FC also attended the glamorous workshop that climaxed with sports gala with Police selected team emerging as the winners.

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