The Registrar General of Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), Bemanya Twebaze has been elected the President of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE).
This is the first time Uganda is taking this position. Uganda will be deputized by U.K. and Peru in this respect.
Bemanya will be leading 192 countries that are members of WIPO in the coordination, sharing of experience and ensuring a balanced approach in the enforcement of intellectual Property among others. Uganda became a member of WIPO in 1973.
The Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) which Bemanya now heads was established by the 2002 WIPO General Assemblies.
It’s mandate is to carry out technical assistance and coordination in the field of enforcement (norm-setting is explicitly excluded from the mandate).
Within the framework of recommendation 45 of the WIPO Development Agenda, the ACE focuses on; coordinating with public and private organizations to combat counterfeiting and piracy; and public education.
It as well focuses on assistance; coordination to undertake national and regional training programs for all relevant stakeholders; and exchange of information on enforcement issues.
Membership of the ACE (which emerged from various previous committees and meetings) is open to all member states of WIPO and/or of the Paris Union and/or of the Berne Union.
“As you may be aware, Uganda is one of the leading countries in enforcement of intellectual property and has achieved this through good leadership, enhanced law enforcement, stakeholder engagements, coordination and synergies with enforcement agencies,” said Mercy K. Kainobwisho an Intellectual Property and Business Law Specialist.
WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. We are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 192 member states.
The organization’s objective is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.
It derives its mandate from the WIPO Convention, which established the organization in 1967.