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June 4, 2018

In the organization of the European Association of the Holders of Marks MARQUES, their members in the Republic of Serbia and the Intellectual Property Office, on Thuersday, May 31, 2018, organized a seminar “Meeting with the Judges”. Continuing the tradition of similar meetings that have been organized for years all over Europe under the title “Meet the Judges”, MARQUES organized for the first time this assembly in Serbia with the idea to gather at the same place judges acting in the legal suits concerning trademarks and holders of rights or their representatives in order to discuss the current issues concerning the protection of trademarks before the courts in our country.

At the meeting, the opening address was given by the President of MARQUES Mr. Georg Versondert, and the IPO Director Mr. Vladimir Maric, and afterwards in the several sessions the presentations were given by judges Dragica Popesku, PhD from the Apellation Court in Belgrade, Vesna Dabetic Trogrlic PhD from the Economic Appellation Court, Slobodan Markovic, PhD, prof. from the Faculty of Law of Belgrade University in Belgrade and Marija Bozic, Assistant Director in the IPO. Some of the topics elaborated at the seminar were: conditions for filing the legal suits against the trademark infringement, passing temporary measures, role of expert witness, manners of calculating remuneration for the trademark infringement, infringement of trademark in the commercialization of goods – transit and parallel import, and the establishment of the trademark infringement primarily dealing with the establishment of similarity and the eligibility of confusion against the relevant part of the public. Every session was followed by the active discussion and exchange of opinions between the speakers and the participants at the seminar including also other judges and representatives.