Region: Montenegro

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Western Balkans

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2020

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

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Western Balkans

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2019

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

Jamaica approves protection of GIs, Montenegro joins TMView and United Kingdom ratifies Hague Agreement: news round-up

In today's round-up, we look predictions for the next round of gTLDs, the UK’s IP Crime Unit urging the public to “treat mum right” by avoiding fakes, and much more.

13 March 2018

Western Balkans

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2017

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.

18 May 2017

Amended laws on patents, trademarks and industrial designs enter into force

The amended laws on patents, trademarks and industrial designs entered into force on January 18 2017. While most amendments concern the alignment of terminology with the new Law on Administrative Proceedings, there are two significant changes: all three laws introduce the possibility of filing administrative proceedings against decisions of the IPO, and the amended trademark law now allows parties to suspend opposition proceedings while negotiating an agreement.

13 February 2017

EU customs seizures skyrocketed in 2015; concerns raised that counterfeit issue being ‘massively underestimated’

The European Commission’s latest annual report into EU customs enforcement has found that the level of suspected counterfeit articles detained by authorities rose by 15% year-on-year, with the number of applications for action up by a startling 59% across the same time period. While the estimated value of the detailed articles totals nearly €650 million, one expert claims the report could be massively underestimating the scope of the problem.

03 October 2016

Laws on trademarks, designs and semiconductor topographies amended

Recent legislative revisions aim to bring Montenegro’s IP regime fully into line with EU law and relevant international treaties. Among other things, amendments to the Trademark Law bring greater clarity to certain requirements and procedures.

09 September 2016

Trademark legislation to be amended

Montenegro has drafted amendments to its trademark law in order to bring it into line with the EU trademark legislation. Among other things, the new law permits the cancellation of trademarks that have become generic, as well as of trademarks that are likely to cause confusion with existing marks. It is expected that the amendments will be adopted in the near future.

04 April 2014

Visa successfully registers slogan for financial services

Visa International Service Association, the US multinational financial services corporation, has obtained the registration of MORE PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD GO WITH VISA for services in Class 36. The Montenegrin Intellectual Property Office had initially found that the mark’s “general appearance did not enable the goods/services to be distinguished in the course of trade”.

04 July 2012

Opposition against national trademark applications now possible

A year after the opposition procedure was introduced in Montenegro, the first round of pending trademark applications has been published for opposition in the December issue of the <i>Official Bulletin</i> of the Montenegro IP Office. Although it was possible to oppose international trademark applications, this was not previously the case for national trademark applications.

10 January 2012

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