Registrar General elected President of the WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE)

Mr. Bemanya Twebaze has been elected President of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Advisory Committee on Enforcement at its 14th session WIPO Advisory Committee on Enforcement in Geneva, Switzerland on September 2 2019.

The Registrar General will be assisted by Ms. Elizabeth Jones of the UK IPO Copyright and Enforcement Directorate and Mr.Ray Meloni, Director of Distinctive Signs of the National Institute for the Defense of Copyright and Intellectual Property of Peru.

Mr. Twebaze formerly served as the President of Paris Union Assembly of WIPO.

This election is a major milestone for Uganda and has come at a time when Uganda has enhanced protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

In his acceptance speech after the election, Mr. Twebaze noted that is a great milestone. He added “Enforcement is a key aspect in promoting innovation and creativity in member states and thus the need to balance enforcement of intellectual property with members development priorities”. Mr. Twebaze expressed appreciation to the Director General of WIPO Mr. Francis Gurry for the technical assistance extended to member states in building respect for intellectual property.
The URSB enforcement unit has since its creation in 2016 seized infringing goods and saved business owners of losses of approximately Ugshs.20,000,000,000 (5.4 Million Dollars).

What is Advisory Committee on Enforcement?
The Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) was established by the 2002 WIPO General Assemblies with the mandate to provide technical assistance and carry out coordination in the field of IP enforcement.

The role of the Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE) includes:

i. Coordinating with public and private organizations to combat counterfeiting and piracy with a view to ensuring a balanced and transparent approach to building respect for IP.
ii. Carrying out public education including information, education and communication materials customized for youth, students, and the public.
iii. Technical assistance such as legislative drafting and dispute resolution mechanisms.
iiii. Undertaking National and Regional training programs for all relevant stakeholders including IP offices, enforcement agencies such as customs, prosecutors and the Judiciary.
v. Exchange of information and experiences on enforcement issues

What is World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
WIPO is a UN organization established in 1967 to encourage creative activities and to promote protection of Intellectual Property throughout the world. WIPO’s current membership is 192 states Uganda has been a member of WIPO since 1973.

Who is Bemanya Twebaze?
Mr. Bemanya Twebaze is the Registrar General of Uganda Registration Services Bureau. He holds an Executive MBA from ESAMI, an Honors Degree in Law from Makerere University Kampala, a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre Kampala and he is a Harvard Kennedy School Alumnus.

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