About Us

We are here and are available to help you to protect, capture the value, grow your brand, improve your innovations by protecting your Trade mark, Patents, Copyrights, and advocacy for all your INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY from initial stage s of registration, enforcement and can aid you in litigation against infringement.

IP Centre is a specialized advocacy, Awareness Raising and profiling office that assists all IPR owners within Uganda and beyond with a wide range of services in Intellectual Property.

We can;

Assist in registration and enforcement of Patents, Trademarks, Utility Models. Appellation of origin for the Geographic Indications and also assist the farmers to have control over the supply chain (from source to the retail store).

Innovators with their industrial designs and shapes like crafts, models and different products (national and community design)

We can assist the Plant Varieties and owners of new plant breeds to protect and enforce protection for these varieties in the market, help in branding and trademarking of the IP owners products like traditional herbs, medicines and others.

Copyright registration protection, training, Licencing (soft licensing and hard licensing)

Traditional Knowledge – valuation preservation and commercialization.

We advocate for Trademark registration and trademark watching for owners of original trademarks, can also assist in trademark searches

Our external services go into IP Asset Valuation for the IP owners and can also advise on anti infringement actions.

IP Dispute resolutions and legal aid.

We work within Uganda, the region and beyond.

The team of IP Centre comprises of Intellectual Property Attorneys, Business Scholars, Innovators and Intellectual Property Specialists.

Norman Mbabazi

LLB (HONS) Makerere University, DIP.L.P Law Development Center.

He has worked as a legal assistant in M/s. Nyanzi, Kiboneka and Mbabazi Advocates whereat he is a practicing IP attorney. Through practice, Norman is and continues to be an accomplished trial advocate in intellectual property. Mr. Mbabazi is an emerging strength in IP in Uganda as he has assisted establish the IP training Institute in Uganda (national Institute of Intellectual Property (NIIPM)) and his vast experience has helped the IP Centre to emerge as a force for good in IP in Uganda.

Andrew Mugalu

Master of Information Technology (MUK), Bachelors of Information Technology (MUK), CNNA

Andrew holders a Masters in Information Technology, which has enabled him in understanding the importance of innovations. Understanding the need, he now works as a capacity builder of Intellectual Property at HANZ&HANZ as well as head the Technical services directorate.

Since Andrew’s knowledge is not limited to one domain, he thoroughly understands the dynamics of various industries. Information Systems Management, being his forte, has helped us in scaling new heights and has helped us in Providing advice, consultancy and assistance on matters related to innovations, business development,  information technology, including conducting feasibility studies, application for partnerships, technical input on business development issues.


Lilian Nantume

Masters in Intellectual Property Law, WIPO in Harare Zimbabwe,

Director of Training, Learning & Development
Possesses a vast experience in IP, attended Graduate school for a Masters in Intellectual Property Law, from the WIPO in Harare Zimbabwe, Her IP knowledge is the key driving force behind the IP awareness and training department. She prior to working with HANZ&HANZ worked for a music collecting society in Uganda (UPRS). Lillian also is a graduate of business Administration and thus she understands the impact of IP on business and the economy as a whole.


Henry Asiimwe

MBA in Management Information Systems (MIS) – UK

BSc (Economics) - MUK

Director of Programs

With knowledge of Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive information technology, Mr. Asiimwe has worked as a Country wide Marketing Manager. He holds an MBA in Information Systems Management (MIS); Apart from his knowledge in the field of Intellectual property, he also holds expertise in the IT Functional Consulting, IT outsourcing, Project Management & Monitoring and evaluation, which adds to our pool of knowledge bank.


Prof. William Kyamuhangire

Patron IP Centre

Prof. William Kyamuhangire Associate Professor, Department of Food and Technology, Makerere University William Kyamuhangire is an Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology and he is a Fellow of the Matsumae International Foundation.

He is a former Director of the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute, Kabanyolo. He holds a Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the Agricultural University of Norway and he has published widely on improving traditional food processing technologies and food engineering.

He was granted the Presidential Science Award 2005 for his outstanding research and applications in the field of Food Science and Technology. He teaches courses in Food Engineering, Food Processing and Preservation, Oil and Fats Technology and Product Development at graduate and undergraduate levels. Currently, he is conducting research and implementing projects in adding value to locally available foods by developing processing technologies and products. To this end he has been awarded two patents for technologies he has developed. He is also an Associate Editor of the Uganda Journal of Agricultural Sciences.


Kabega Musa

LLB (HONS) Makerere University
DIP.L.P Law Development Center, DIP. in Tax Revenue & Administration.

Director Legal

With his vast knowledge in the field of Intellectual Property Rights, Mr. Kabega Musa is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda, Member of the Uganda Law Society and an Advocate of the Courts of Judicature of Uganda. He is a graduate of LLB (HONS) MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
DIP.L.P LAW DEVELOPMENT CENTER, and also attained a DIPLOMA. in Tax Revenue & Administration from East Africa School of Tax.