Cab­i­net has with­drawn the anti-coun­ter­feit­ing goods Bill from Par­lia­ment, stat­ing that there are other laws that can ad­dress the gap.

The Bill was in­tro­duced in 2015 with the aim of com­bat­ing the im­por­ta­tion and sale of coun­ter­feit prod­ucts on the Ugan­dan do­mes­tic mar­ket.
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This same bill has been ready for sec­ond read­ing for two years with the
min­istry of trade of­ten ask­ing for more time to seek a com­mon cab­i­net
po­si­tion.

How­ever, this af­ter­noon, the min­is­ter of state for Trade Michael Werikhe
has told Par­lia­ment to for­get the Bill.

Mr Werikhe also told Par­lia­ment that the min­istry has sub­mit­ted a
guid­ing doc­u­ment to cab­i­net on how the ex­ist­ing laws will be re­viewed
to cater for the pri­mary ob­jec­tives of the Bill.

The re­port from the Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee on Trade, Tourism and In­dus­try rec­om­mended in 2016 that the Bill be with­drawn, cit­ing sim­i­lar grounds.

Ob­ject of the Bill
The pro­posed bill seeks to pro­hibit trade in coun­ter­feit goods that in­fringe upon pro­tected in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights; to re­quire in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights to cover only copy­right and trade­marks and to pro­hibit re­lease of coun­ter­feit goods into the chan­nels of com­merce.

It also seeks to cre­ate of­fences re­lat­ing to trade in coun­ter­feit goods, em­power the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral to seize and de­tain sus­pected coun­ter­feit goods, al­low in­spec­tors ap­pointed by the Uganda Na­tional Bu­reau of Stan­dards to seize and de­tain sus­pected coun­ter­feit goods and to pro­vide for in­ci­den­tal (re­lated) mat­ters.