In addition, the qualities, characteristics or reputation of the product should be essentially due to the place of origin, and since the qualities depend on the geographical place of production, there should be a clear link between the product and its original place of production.
Muhangi says the process to register the long-horned Ankole cow is underway, adding that the same could be done for bark cloth, a unique fabric from Buganda kingdom.
In an earlier paper on the geographical indication, the former director of Intellectual Property at Uganda Registration Services Bureau, Juliet Nassuna said the items that can be protected under the GI law include, for example, the drums made at Mpambire and the stools made in Pakwach.
According to WIPO, a geographical indication right enables those who have the right to use the indication to prevent its use by a third party whose product does not conform to the applicable standards.
There are three main ways to protect a geographical indication namely a special regime like the Geographical Indications Act of 2013, using collective or certification marks, and using methods focusing on business practices, including administrative product approval schemes.
According to Muhangi, by registering and protecting the image of the long-horned Ankole cow, they would prevent its misuse, especially by multinationals, noting that the opportunities for GI’s are limitless.
The long-horned Ankole cattle, through unique to Uganda has since been taken to far off lands like South Africa, Ethiopia and Libya.
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