European Commission: Serbia made moderate progress in IP area in 2014

Serbia

As part of its enlargement programme for 2014, the European Commission has issued a progress report on Serbia, part of which concerns the protection of IP rights. According to the report, Serbia has made moderate progress in the IP field.

The report notes that the amendments to the Law on Copyrights and Related Rights introduced in 2012 are not fully harmonised with the EU legislation. Furthermore, the Serbian Intellectual Property Office does not yet have the adequate administrative capacity to meet the responsibilities of the Commission for Copyright that were transferred to it when the latter was abolished in 2013.

Some progress has been made in the field of the enforcement of IP rights, although better coordination and cooperation among the various institutions in charge of IP protection is needed. The report notes that a formal coordination mechanism for the effective enforcement of IP rights is still missing.

Specific courts were assigned to handle civil IP cases starting in January 2014 - the Higher Court in Belgrade was entrusted with cases involving natural persons and the Commercial Court in Belgrade with cases concerning legal persons.

Finally, the report notes that further alignment of the Serbian legislation with the IP Rights Enforcement Directive (2004/48/EC) needs to be achieved, and that there are still delays in the implementation of the national IP strategy for the 2011-2015 period.

Jelena Jankovic, PETOŠEVIC, Belgrade

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