Amendments will affect IP rights owners involved in civil court procedures

Amendments to the Macedonian Law on Civil Court Procedure will become effective on September 9 2011. Some of the amendments will affect IP rights owners that are involved in civil court procedures in Macedonia.

One of the changes concerns the information that a plaintiff must provide when filing a lawsuit. Until now, the plaintiff had to provide only its name, address and state of incorporation. Once the amendments have entered into force, the company registration number or value added tax identification number will also need to be supplied.

The amended law also enables the parties in a lawsuit to present their own expert evidence before the court. Until now, only the court was entitled to ask for expert evidence. The Ministry of Justice will publish an official list of expert witnesses in the near future.

The amendments also affect legal remedies. Until now, there were no limitations for filing an appeal before the Supreme Court of the Republic of Macedonia. Once the amendments have entered into force, it will be possible to file an appeal before the Supreme Court in IP cases only where the money claims exceed approximately €16,000 ($23,000).

Zivka Kostovska-Stojkovska, PETOŠEVIC, Skopje

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