95 YEARS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROTECTION IN SERBIA

On the occasion of the 95 years of the protection of intellectual property in the Republic of Serbia, series of manifestations, activities, campaigns, seminars and promotions will be held in the period between September 2015 to February 2016, with the aim to point at the significance and importance that the creation and protection of intellectual property has for the national economic and cultural development, for the inclusion of the Republic of Serbia in the European and world market of the innovation and creative industries, as well as the systems of international protection in the domain of industrial property and copyright and related rights.

At the meeting held on August 20, 2015, the Government accepted the Program of celebration of the 95 years of intellectual property protection in the Republic of Serbia. The program is realized with the significant support of specialized international organizations for the protection of intellectual property the member of which is the Republic of Serbia, as well as the domestic bodies, institutions and organizations, with the primary goal to indicate the importance of the existence and improvement of intellectual and creative work and the protection of holders of intellectual property rights to the general public, and in its framework primarily to the young people and economy.

The program activities shall be carried out with regard to various topics recognizing the importance of intellectual property and its protection in several basic directions:

I Promotion of national study of the contribution of the creative industries to economy of Serbia – WIPO project, co-organizers: the Faculty of Law of the Belgrade University and the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia.

II Organization of the conference in the framework of the Tesla Fest with the support of WIPO and the awarding of the WIPO medal for the best inventor;

III The commercialization of the results of the R&D, the WIPO seminar, is organized by the University of Belgrade and the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia.

IV Organization of the conference: ”Role of the intellectual property in the positioning of the economy of the countries of the west Balkans at the global market” – EPO project, co-organizers: The Faculty of Law of the Belgrade University and the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia;

V Festive academy on the account of the commemoration of the 95 years of the national Intellectual Property Office, the opening of the national exhibition: “Industrial property in the Republic of Serbia” in the Gallery of the Museum of Science and Technology SANU and the international exhibition “EPO Hall of Fame” in the Museum of the History of Serbia;

VI Collective enforcement of the rights of authors and holders of related rights in the Republic of Serbia – project TAIEX, co-organizers: the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia and the collective organizations registered for the enforcement of copyright and related rights;

VII The seminar of the European Patent Organization for judges in the field of intellectual property, co-organizers: the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Justice.

The exhibition of the industrial property in the Republic of Serbia in the Gallery of the Museum of Science and Technology SANU, as one of the mentioned program activities, is organized with the aim of representing the culture of the protection of industrial property rights by patent, trademark, industrial design and indications of geographical origin on the territory of our country as well as the raising of awareness on the importance of the realization of industrial property protection. The exhibition includes the survey of selected Serbian patents, trademarks, industrial designs and indications of geographical origin that got their reputation primarily on the basis of the registration in the Intellectual Property Office and/or in the central European and international organizations for the protection of industrial property, where Serbia is a member. Also, the exhibition of industrial property in the Republic of Serbia is related to the EPO exhibition “Hall of Fame” in the History Museum of Serbia, promoting the protection by European patents.

Patents are exhibited in the form of selected models or products which are recognizable at the Serbian and/or foreign market. The similar is considered to be valid for industrial design and indications of geographical origin. The exhibition of industrial design includes selected objects, shaped in a modern way with appealing outer design and utility value. The representation of the indications of geographical origin includes selected products with specific characteristics and quality which are part of the cultural heritage of Serbia, that are made as the result of using the traditional knowledge, skills and natural environment, such as: the kilim of Pirot, damast from Bezdan, honey from Homolje, ajvar from Leskovac, cabbage from Futog and Bermet. The most well known Serbian trademarks are exhibited in the two-dimensional way, as recognizable on the market.

Bearing in mind the importance of research and development for the technological development of the country, the exhibition includes inventions of the accredited subjects and individuals, that can solve the problems and challenges referring to the climatic changes, such as: the use of the sustainable sources of energy, clearing of land slides, protection of natural environment, inventions in the field of medicine and pharmacy, agriculture and food technology.

Part of the Exhibition on industrial property in the Republic of Serbia is dedicated to the home cult patents from the last century created by our scientists with the significant contribution in the field of technology. It concerns the patents of Milutin Milankovic, Branko Zezelj, Miomir Vukobratovic, Branko Bilen and Danica Gajic.

Bearing in mind the importance of competitiveness of home products at the market of the European Union, the exhibition of contemporary patents and industrial designs included several models of domestic inventions and industrial design where international protection has been realized apart from the protection in Serbia.

The mentioned program activities in relation to the celebration of the 95 years of intellectual property protection in the Republic of Serbia are being realized with the short-term goal to include the greatest number of immediate participants and to be appropriately covered by media, but equally important – to recognize the topics, groups and issues which will be dealt by the competent bodies, primarily the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia, in the long term and in the systematic manner.