Region: Serbia

Important amendments to industrial design law come into force

The Law on Amendments to the Law on the Legal Protection of Industrial Designs, which aims to further harmonise Serbian legislation with that of the European Union, has recently come into force. Among other things, the definition of a 'novel' industrial design has been updated, and an extraordinary legal remedy that can be sought against final decisions has been introduced for the first time.

03 September 2015

Government enacts new decree on customs enforcement of IP rights

The government has enacted a decree on the conditions and procedures for the application of measures for customs enforcement of IP rights, replacing the 2010 decree. The decree is modelled after EU Regulation 608/2013 and reflects Serbia’s efforts to harmonise its customs legislation with the EU legislation. Among other things, the new decree introduces a special procedure for the destruction of small consignments.

26 June 2015

Western Balkans

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting 2015 – A Global Guide

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. Sitting at a junction of land and sea transport routes, the area is rapidly becoming a gateway to the EU market

08 May 2015

PTO abolishes 'class heading covers all' approach

The Serbian Patent and Trademark Office has abolished the 'class heading covers all' approach as part of its efforts to harmonise its practices with those of other EU national IP offices. Pursuant to this change, national trademarks will now be registered under the 'means what it says' approach.

18 February 2015

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

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. Among other things, the report states that further alignment of the Serbian legislation with the IP Rights Enforcement Directive needs to be ensured.

09 January 2015

Concentration of IP cases in Belgrade courts - a step towards specialised IP courts

With the enactment of the Law on Seats and Jurisdictions of the Courts and Public Prosecutor Offices and the amendments to the Law on the Organisation of the Courts, Serbia has made a step towards the introduction of more specialised IP courts. Although the Commercial Court and the High Court of Belgrade are not specialised IP courts as such, the concentration of all IP cases in these two courts will enable judges to become more specialised in IP matters.

25 March 2014

Amendments to GI law in preparation

The Serbian Intellectual Property Office has published the text of the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Geographical Indications on its website. Among other things, the amendments aim to harmonise the current law with Regulation 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs.

04 December 2013

US companies do not have to deposit security for litigation costs

Within the context of infringement proceedings between US company Skechers and Serbian company Safran, the Appellate Court has refused Safran's request that Skechers deposit security for litigation costs. The decision is significant because it recognises the right of a US company to sue in Serbia without depositing security for litigation costs, even when the company does not have a presence in Serbia.

25 November 2013

Immaterial damages can now be awarded in unfair competition cases

A set of amendments to the Law on Trade, which governs unfair competition, has come into force. The amended law explicitly provides that immaterial damages (for harm to business reputation) can be awarded in unfair competition cases. It represents an important piece of legislation for the fight against lookalikes.

03 April 2013

Amendments to Trademark Law introduce significant changes

The amendments to the 2009 Trademark Law came into force on February 7 2013. In addition to removing certain redaction errors, the amendments introduce several changes to the protection of trademarks in Serbia - some of which are fundamental. For example, the amendments replaced the principle of international exhaustion of trademark rights with that of national exhaustion.

04 March 2013

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