The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has struck a partnership with Barefoot Law to provide legal support and mentorship to outstanding innovators who emerged winners in the 2017 ACIA Awards.
Barefoot Law, a firm that provides the public with free legal information using innovative approaches will mentor the innovators in the areas of getting patents for their startups and protecting their innovations.
Aside from the limited finances, innovators in Uganda and Africa as a whole suffer from plagiarism and lack of protection for their inventions.
This has caused a number of them to sit back, hide the inventions and in the end miss out on possible investment opportunities.
Copy right rules in Uganda are also not as strict and this has been a very big barrier to innovation.
With the partnership, innovators will be able to understand how to well protect their inventions as well as develop more solutions that will not be in breach of the country’s laws.
According to UCC officials, the partnership will last for a period of 6 months spanning from 2017 t0 2018.
About Barefoot Law
Started in August 2012, the firm provides the public with free legal information using innovative and technological approaches.
It capitalizes on use of social media and text messages to offer legal advice to the people who need it on top of particular partnerships with corporate companies and organisations.
Barefoot law has won a number of awards on both the national and the international scenes due to their innovative solutions in the field of Justice.