The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) through the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance (MoICT) and the Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) on Thursday organized a Workshop on Intellectual Property (IP) for ICT innovators at the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance Information Access Centre (IAC).

The workshop aimed at enhancing awareness and building capacity for IP among ICT innovators. Intellectual property is intangible property that is as a result of creativity such as patents, copyrights and others.

The training focused on promoting ICT innovations, addressing challenges created by violation of Intellectual Property for ICT innovations, empowering innovators to safeguard their solutions/products and Promoting transfer of technology through patents.

Speaking at the Workshop, Arnold Mangeni, Director Information Security, National Information Technology, noted that Intellectual Property is a product of innovation, which is tied to Uganda’s strategic objective to propel the country to middle income status.

“Government of Uganda  is aware of the benefits and role that Intellectual Property can play for accelerating the socio-economic development of our country. We know, for certain, that effective and strategic use of Intellectual Property has assisted many countries across the globe to attain rapid economic development,” Mangeni said.

Arnold Mangeni Director Information Security at NITA-U addressing participants.
Arnold Mangeni Director Information Security at NITA-U addressing participants.

Mercy K. Kainobwisho, Director, Intellectual Property at Uganda Registration Services Bureau urged innovators to be innovative whilst protecting their ideas.

“Business enterprises irrespective of size must be innovative to remain relevant and competitive locally, regionally. However innovations cannot survive without intellectual property,” she said.

Mercy Kainobwisho, Director Intellectual property at URSB.
Mercy Kainobwisho, Director Intellectual property at URSB.

The training comes at a time when the Government of Uganda has put in place an e-citizen Portal with citizen centric e-Services including among others, the key sectors of Education, Health, Judiciary and Agriculture. These services are being implemented in close collaboration with the ICT innovators in Uganda. Innovators have been urged to develop and protect their innovations if they are to benefit Government and its citizens.

The Government of Uganda through the National ICT Initiatives Support Programme (NIISP) continues to support ICT innovators and further aims to facilitate the creation of a digital ecosystem and market place for exposing innovative digital products and enable innovators reach new markets.

Training these innovators in Intellectual property is a timely Intervention