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While the respective trademark regimes of the former Yugoslavian countries of Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina share certain features, they each have essential distinctions which international brand owners should have on their radars.
11 January 2023
An annual Customs surveillance petition for trademark owners can offer various benefits for trademark owners shipping goods across international borders
10 February 2022
With a population of more than 20 million divided among seven jurisdictions, the Western Balkans has the potential to be fertile ground for the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit goods.
23 April 2020
With a population of more than 20 million divided among seven jurisdictions, the Western Balkans has the potential to be a fertile ground for the production and distribution of counterfeit goods. Due to its geographical location, the Western Balkans is well connected to other regions and continents.
13 May 2019
Prior to June 2012, the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia and Herzegovina applied the ‘class heading covers all’ approach when interpreting the scope of protection where class headings are used in lists of goods and services in trademark applications and registrations.
10 June 2016
The European Commission has issued a report on the progress made by Bosnia and Herzegovina in preparing for EU membership. According to the report, some progress has been made over the past year in the area of intellectual property. Among other things, following the adoption of new IP laws, implementing regulations have also been adopted, and the IPO has continued to raise awareness of the importance of IP rights.
03 December 2012
The new Law on Trademarks, in force as of January 1 2011, lists bad faith as one of the relative grounds for cancellation of a mark. Previously, Bosnia had only one IP law, which contained no provisions on bad-faith trademark applications. However, if the earlier mark is not in actual use in Bosnia, it will be difficult to prove bad faith, especially as the Bosnian Patent and Trademark Office has traditionally favoured local companies.
09 February 2011
As part of the European Commission’s Enlargement Package for 2010, adopted on November 9 2010, the commission has issued a progress report on Bosnia and Herzegovina, part of which concerns IP rights. According to the report, some progress has been made with the adoption of IP laws, but the enforcement of IP rights still needs to be improved.
06 December 2010
The Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina has adopted five draft laws in the field of intellectual property. Among other things, the Draft Law on Trademarks abolishes the practice of substantive examination and introduces an opposition procedure. The draft laws are expected to enter into force by the end of the year.
06 July 2010
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