Court Convicts Offender for Illegal Use of Distinctive Mark

Court has convicted a trader to pay a fine of ten million shillings for illegally using the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) Distinctive mark.

Bagunzi Francis, a  Group Corporate Manager  at Nile Batteries Limited located in Masese, Jinja was charged with  illegal application of the Distinctive Mark (Q Mark) contrary to sections 26(1) , 27 1(a) and 28 of the UNBS Act as amended. He pleaded guilty to having applied a UNBS distinctive mark (Q mark) illegally on products of Nile Batteries brand.

This case was before Her Worship Marion Mangeni Magistrate Grade 1 in the Standards, Wildlife and Utilities Court at Buganda Road court.

The Magistrate consequently convicted and sentenced Bagunzi to a  fine of 500 currency points equivalent to UGX 10,000,000/- (Ten Million Shillings) and in default three (3) years imprisonment.

The court also ordered that the destruction of Nile Batteries Brand be managed by the Executive Director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards.