URSB Promotes Youth Innovations as They Celebrate World Intellectual Property Day

Minister of State for Youth and Children Hon. Sarah Mateke (c), Registrar General, Mercy K. Kainobwisho listens to Alex Musisi, registered owner of a creative mentoring company, explain his work

Every year, the National Intellectual Property Office, Uganda Registrar Services Bureau (URSB) joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Intellectual Property Day on April 26. This year’s global theme by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is “IP AND YOUTH: Innovation for a better future”. The sub-theme for Uganda is “Using the Intellectual Property System to Create Jobs for Youth in Uganda”. The URSB commemorated the celebrations at the Protea Hotel in Kampala.

As part of the activities, the URSB organized a hybrid workshop where a panel of experts explored how young people can use the intellectual property system to create jobs, support youth empowerment and provide practical solutions to problems. existing in order to have a better future. The high-profile event and panel discussion featured outstanding young innovators in health, business, e-commerce and the enabling environment that supports them in their quest to improve community challenges and help achieve national development goals.

This year’s theme resonates with the status of Uganda, which has one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the world. According to the Uganda National Household Survey 2019/20, 54% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 18. Ugandan youth are an incredible source of creativity and ingenuity. According to the URSB, IP Day 2022 is an opportunity for these young people to discover how intellectual property rights can support their goals, help bring their ideas to life, generate income, create jobs and have a positive impact on the world that surrounds them.

Hon. Nyirabashitsi Sarah Mateke, Minister of State for Youth and Children in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, was the guest of honour. In her speech, she said Uganda’s youth were the country’s most valuable human capital resource and the engine of growth.. “By helping young people protect their innovation and creativity, we are creating and fostering an ingenious culture of sustainability that will drive economic growth. Young innovators create promising solutions, illustrating that young people are not simply recipients of innovation, but co-creators of the future they will inherit. The Ugandan government has continuously allocated resources to the innovation fund, in addition to establishing various institutions that promote research and innovation. Hon. mateke said

Intellectual property (IP) is an essential part of the national creative and innovative ecosystem, especially for individual creators, entrepreneurs, start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Unfortunately, intellectual property rights are increasingly under threat from activists who rob creators and innovators of their livelihoods in favor of access to free content and products.

Registrar General, Mercy K. Kainobwisho, while delivering her remarks, said that this year’s celebrations highlight how a strong intellectual property system can address youth employment challenges. ‘The high commercial value of intellectual property can enable young people to benefit from their creativity. Some innovations have been developed, especially in the post-pandemic era, which have disrupted the way of doing business, such as holding online meetings, delivering health services, cross-border monetary transactions, etc. These have subsequently solved employment problems among young people and these can be effectively protected by our intellectual property laws. Kainobwisho said.



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