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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
The Serbian IP Office currently takes a strong position on similar marks, disallowing letters of consent, even though the law is unclear on this point. This stance has created a challenging environment for trademark owners while providing little extra benefit for consumers.
27 October 2022
Use of the mark by the licensee is considered as use that defends against revocation for non-use in Serbia. In general, trademark licensees may sue for trademark infringement, unless the licence provides otherwise.
21 October 2022
Whereas trademarks consisting of multiple colours are relatively easy to register, single-colour marks may only acquire distinctiveness through use. Serious and long-term use needs to precede such an application in order for it to be successful.
06 October 2022
The relevant legislation for trademark litigation is primarily the Law on Trademarks (6/2020), as it lists possible actions and other procedural particularities, such as available injunction measures and the securing of evidence. Other national laws that apply directly to trademark litigation include:
20 December 2021
There are valuable strategic benefits to refiling a trademark that has gone unused instead of renewing it - particularly in Serbia and Kosovo - with avoiding cancellation due to non-use being just one.
25 November 2021
This decision of the Serbian Commercial Court illustrates the importance of registering designs in order to be able to claim infringement.
16 November 2021
While oppositions are a crucial tool throughout the Balkans, local knowledge of everything from proof of use, lack of response, relative grounds, hearings and appeals processes, is critical for trademark filing success.
28 October 2021
This landmark ruling of the Commercial Court in Belgrade should provide rights holders with a useful tool in their fight against fake auto parts.
20 October 2021
In February 2020 Serbian IP regulations overhauled its opposition system, however the Serbian IP Office may still examine new applications for relative grounds for refusal. These seven tips will help trademark owners unfamiliar with the system to avoid provisional refusals and therefore save time and expense.
23 September 2021
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