Zavod za intelektualnu svojinu | News News zavoda za intelektualnu svojinu. Zavod za intelektualnu svojinu <![CDATA[WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION (WIPO) MASTER “INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES” IN POLAND]]>, 04.08.2020. Tue, 04 Aug 2020 00:00:00 e We have a pleasure to announce an invitation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for two-years Master program “Intellectual Property and New Technologies” jointly organized by the WIPO, the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
You may see more about the Master program in the following links invitation and brochure.

We would also like to drew your attention on a possibility for applying for the WIPO Scholarship after application for the Master program is completed. Both applications should be done by 15 August 2020.

For additional questions and clarifications feel free to contact Tatjana Stevanović by or phone 2025 951.
<![CDATA[10 JULY – DATE OF BIRTH OF NIKOLA TESLA AND THE DAY OF SCIENCE IN SERBIA]]>, 10.07.2020. Fri, 10 Jul 2020 00:00:00 e At today’s day, on 10 July 1856, in Smiljan, Nikola Tesla was born, and that day was proclaimed as the Day of Science in the Republic of Serbia. Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was without a doubt one of the greatest world inventors having in mind that our everyday life is based on his inventions.

It is enough to mention his system of alternating currents, his numerous inventions in the domain of high frequency and high voltage currents, including transformer bearing his name, as well as inventions from the domain of wireless transmission, where, among other things,  he gave the crucial contribution to the creation of radio. Apart from the remote control, that he created, his inventors spirit also reflected itself in the domain of generating and implementing x-rays, electrotherapy, a system of lighting and the contributions in the field of machine engineering.

A great number of his inventions were protected by patents, as Tesla decided. Apart from the fact that he owned certain number of his own companies, Tesla was primarily interested in the licensing of his patents in order to obtain material funds for the developing of new inventions, while  their production and marketing were not of basic importance for him. Having in mind that Tesla business strategy, from the very beginning, has been characterized by global approach, it resulted in the global approach to his patent strategy, supported by the facts that his inventions have granted patents in the countries on all five continents, including Japan, India, Australia, Rhodesia, Mexico. Up to now, it has been established that Tesla received for his inventions, at least 311 patents in 27 different countries in the world.

The list of all patents of Nikola Tesla can be seen at the site of the Museum of Nikola Tesla, at the following link.
<![CDATA[IMPORTANT INFORMATION]]>, 08.07.2020. Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:00:00 e In compliance with the health situation  in the city of Belgrade, we ask all the users of our services to perform communication with the Office by telephone or post as well as to file requests or applications by the e-mail portal or at the address of the Intellectual Property Office, Kneginje Ljubice 5, Belgrade.
In addition, all the interested parties can get information about the issues of IP rights protection on the web site of the IPO, where you can find, with regard to every intellectual property rights, answers to the questions most frequently asked by our users, instructions for the filing of applications and the prescribed fees. At the site of the IPO there are also contact data.
<![CDATA[THE AGREEMENT ON COOPERATION FOR ENHANCING OF THE USE OF MEDIATION IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DISPUTES IS SIGNED BY THE MINISTRY OF JUSTICE, COMPETENT COURTS AND THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE]]>, 29.06.2020. Mon, 29 Jun 2020 00:00:00 e On 28 May 2020, Ministry of Justice of Republic of Serbia, Commercial Court of Appeal, Commercial Court in Belgrade, Court of Appeal in Belgrade, High Court in Belgrade, and Intellectual Property Office signed the Agreement on Cooperation for enhancing of the use of Mediation in in Intellectual Property Disputes.
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, a special ceremony is postponed and will be subsequently organized with the aim to officially present and promote the Agreement when circumstances allow.
The Guidelines for the Improvement of Mediation in the Republic of Serbia enacted on 28 June 2017 emphasize that it is a court's obligation to provide all necessary information in order to fully inform the parties about the possibility of mediation, and to encourage the court's active cooperation with external partners on the basis of concluded cooperation protocols. In line with that, the Ministry of Justice and courts which have jurisdiction in the field of intellectual property law, on one side, and the Intellectual Property Office, which is responsible for the administrative and professional tasks related to industrial property rights, copyright and related rights, on the other side, have recognized the importance of mutual cooperation in this specific area and the need to improve conditions for the development of mediation, in order to ensure better and more effective protection of the parties' rights. The Ministry of Justice will support the implementation of the Agreement on Cooperation and will, together with other signatories, continuously undertake activities to inform the general public about the possibilities and benefits of mediation. The Ministry of Justice, relevant courts and the Intellectual Property Office are supported by the European Union project "EU with Justice" in the implementation of this activity.

In order to achieve intended objectives of the Agreement on Cooperation, the signatories will work on implementing the prescribed activities through continuous providing of the relevant information to potential parties, lawyers and other interested parties about the possibilities and benefits of using mediation in the field of intellectual property law, organizing joint activities and events, such as conferences, seminars, consultations, professional programs, Open Days and Info Sessions regarding the mediation in the field of Intellectual property law, as well as establishment of continuous dialogue and exchange of information related to the mediation.

Having in mind the current epidemiological situation, the signatories will consider what are possible activities that can be taken in order to promote mediation through social media, institutions' websites, and other appropriate means of communication.

As the first result of the cooperation, the Intellectual Property Office made a separate section on the website of the institution dedicated to mediation, as well as a list of mediators with specific knowledge in the field intellectual property law, which is available to both courts and all other interested parties on the Intellectual Property Office website.

Pamphlet with the relevant promotional material have been prepared for distribution in courts and can be found here.

The Agreement on Cooperation is available on the following link.
We have a pleasure to announce that the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center will host the webinar “Mediation under the WIPO Rules” on Tuesday, 16 June 2020, in two terms, from 10.00 - 11.00 a.m. and from 17.00 – 18.00.

Registration link is the following:
<![CDATA[ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ONLINE DATABASE OF IP JUDGEMENTS - WIPO Lex-Judgments]]>, 14.05.2020. Thu, 14 May 2020 00:00:00 e
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has notified Member States that the current database of IP laws and treaties (WIPO Lex) is expanding to include IP judgments in companion database entitled WIPO Lex-Judgments. WIPO Lex-Judgments is expected to be released to the public by the end of 2020.

The purpose of WIPO Lex-Judgments is to enable the access to the information on judicial systems and decisions on IP by disseminating the leading IP judgments that establish precedents or persuasive interpretations. The judgments are curated directly by each Member State. WIPO Lex-Judgments will capture searchable bibliographic data of indexed judgments and provide cross-reference to national laws and international treaties. In addition, WIPO Lex-Judgments will enhance accessibility of foreign judgments through the availability of automatic machine translation tool, including WIPO Translate.

WIPO Lex-Judgments was successfully piloted with a selected number of Member States in 2019, and presented at two events organized by WIPO in 2019. The WIPO has invited interested Member States to participate in WIPO Lex-Judgments.
<![CDATA[DATA FROM THE TRADEMARKS FROM SERBIA – IN THE WIPO DATA BASE – GLOBAL BRAND DATABASE]]>, 05.05.2020. Tue, 05 May 2020 00:00:00 e From April 30, 2020, in the data base – Global Brand Database, maintained by the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO – data are available for over 56,000 trademarks and trademark applications that are registered or in the procedure of registration in the Intellectual Property Office for the territory of Serbia.
At the moment, in the mentioned data base, 64 data bases of trademarks are available, mostly from the national offices, but also trademarks for which registration has been requested in the EUIPO for the member countries of the European Union, data bases regarding the international registration of trademarks through the Madrid System and registrations of indications of geographical origin through the Lisbon System in the WIPO, as well as the collection of registered names of the INN of the World Health Organization. The data base Global Brand Database can be accessed here, along with the brief guides for the use of this base in the form of video on the WIPO web site.
<![CDATA[WORLD INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY DAY – APRIL 26, 2020]]>, 24.04.2020. Fri, 24 Apr 2020 00:00:00 e INNOVATE FOR A GREEN FUTURE

Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property (IP) rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

World IP Day 2020 puts innovation – and the IP rights that support it – at the heart of efforts to create a green future. Why? Because the choices we make today will shape our tomorrow. The earth is our home. We need to care for it.

Carving a pathway to a green future is a modern-day imperative. We all share in this challenge and each have a role in building a green future. It is a complex and multi-faceted endeavor, but as the well-known naturalist David Attenborough has noted, “As a species, we are expert problem solvers.” We can create a green future.

We have the collective wisdom, ingenuity and creativity to come up with new, more effective ways to shape a low-carbon future. But we must act now!

The 2020 World Intellectual Property campaign puts innovation – and the IP rights that support it – at the heart of efforts to create a green future. Why? Because the choices we make today will shape our tomorrow. The earth is our home. We need to care for it.

More on World IP Day on WIPO website.

<![CDATA[ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA]]>, 02.04.2020. Thu, 02 Apr 2020 00:00:00 e The Annual Report 2019 about the activities of the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia in 2019 has been published.

The Annual Report 2019 on the IPO activities in 2019 can be downloaded at this link.
<![CDATA[IMPORTANT NOTICE RELATED TO COVID-19 ]]>, 25.03.2020. Wed, 25 Mar 2020 00:00:00 e The Serbian Government has declared the national state of emergency due to the COVID -19 crisis on March 15th 2020, („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“, 29/2020) in the Republic of Serbia.

Government of the Republic of Serbia has adopted the Regulation on the Implementation of the Delay in the Administrative Procedure in the Period of the State of Emergency, (in force since March 24th ) („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia “, 41/2020 and 43/2020). The Regulation applies to all administrative procedures regarding the IP rights (registration, renewal and revocation of the granted IP rights) conducted by the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia.

The Regulation prescribes that relevant parties involved in the administrative procedures cannot suffer of any damage due to the lack of their action in the course of the emergency. The legal terms that are about to expire in the course of emergency will be prolonged additional 30 days following the date of the end of the state of the emergency.
<![CDATA[IMPORTANT NOTICE ON COMMUNICATION RELATED TO COVID-19]]>, 18.03.2020. Wed, 18 Mar 2020 00:00:00 e For the safety reasons, during the state of emergency that was officially announced by the Serbian Government on March 15th, 2020, the Office continues to communicate and do the business with clients exclusively by phone or electronically contact page.
The receipt of applications and other submissions will be done through the E-application portal or postal shipments.

<![CDATA[ ACCESSION OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA TO THE MARRAKESH TREATY]]>, 05.03.2020. Thu, 05 Mar 2020 00:00:00 e At the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), on February 24, 2020, the instruments on the accession of the Republic of Serbia to the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled were deposited.

This international treaty, with regard to the Republic of Serbia, shall enter into force on May 24, 2020.

<![CDATA[IN MEMORIAM – BLAGOTA ŽARKOVIĆ]]>, 27.02.2020. Thu, 27 Feb 2020 00:00:00 e On February 25th, 2020, in the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia, a commemoration was held for the recently deceased, long-time Director of the IPO, Mr. Blagota Žarković. The commemoration was attended by the members of the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Žarković. His personality and lifelong-work was spoken about by Mr. Vladimir Marić, Director of the IPO,  Mr. Slobodan Marković, Ph.D, professor at the Faculty of Law of Belgrade University,  Mr. Aleksandar Petrović, professor at the Faculty of Philology of Belgrade University,  Mr. Andjelko Glavašević, President of the Administrative Board of the Association of Inventors of  Vojvodina  and Ms. Branka Totić, Asst.Director of the IPO. At the commemoration, a recording from the archives of the RTS, from the emission Treasury was shown, where Mr. Žarković speaks about the work of Nikola Tesla.
All the speakers spoke with great inspiration about the merits of Mr. Blagota Žarković for the improvement of intellectual property in former Yugoslavia, about his contribution to the affirmation of the work of Nikola Tesla, as well as the contribution to the development of inventiveness and the improvement of expert literature in the field of intellectual property. With special piety, they evoked the memories about his visionary spirit, enormous working energy and trust he had for his collaborators.

Mr. Žarković was nominated Deputy Director of the IPO, in November 1975, and nine years later, in October 1984, he was made Director of the former Federal Patent Office. At the head of the Office, he stayed Director, with the break of two years, until he was retired, in June 2003.

He is remembered as a reformer of the system of intellectual property in Yugoslavia.

At his initiative, by the Law on Amendments of the Law on the Protection of Inventions, Technical Improvements and the Distinctive Signs, from 1990, radical changes have been introduced in the patent system of Yugoslavia – strong patent protection has been introduced, the duration of patent rights has been prolonged and the chapter relating to self-management way of regulating these rights has been abolished. In 1995, the new laws have been prepared and then adopted, regulating other fields of intellectual Property: The Trademark Law, The Law on Models and Patterns, The Law on Geographical Indications of Origin and The Patent Law.

Under his management, the Patent Office, in 1992, extended its field of jurisdiction to copyright and related rights. The new law, passed in 1998, contained significant novelties – it included, for the first time, apart from copyright, all of the related rights – right of performers, right of the producers of phonograms, right of the producer of data bases and other rights, which protected investments in the creation of certain intangible property.
During the mandate of Mr. Blagota Žarković, Yugoslavia ratified ten, from the total of 24, international conventions from the field of intellectual property, which have been created under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

The memories have been evoked also to the significant contribution of Mr. Blagota Žarković to the affirmation of the work of Nikola Tesla. In the time of his management, the IPO closely cooperated with the Museum of Nikola Tesla. At his initiative, the patents of Nikola Tesla have been processed and a group of patent engineers from the IPO worked diligently on that task. Also, he initiated joint editions of the IPO and the Museum of Nikola Tesla: “The Catalogue of Tesla Patents”, published in 1987, “Diary from Strasbourg”, published in 2002 and “The Notes from Edison Factory of Machines”, published in 2003.

The editions from the IPO have been mentioned, where Mr. Žarković was the Chief Editor: “European Patent Convention”, four languages edition from 1988, studies “Utility Model” by Mr. Slobodan Marković, Ph.D, and “Legal Protection of Well-Known Marks” by Božin Vlašković, Ph.D, both from 1992, “Protection of Industrial Property in Yugoslavia” in 2001, “Law on Copyright and Related Rights” from 1998, 2001 and 2002 and many others.

<![CDATA[PAN-EUROPEAN SEAL PROGRAM]]>, 24.02.2020. Mon, 24 Feb 2020 00:00:00 e As a member of Pan-European Seal Program network, that consists of European universities where intellectual property is studied and two international organizations, European Patent Organization (EPO) and Intellectual Property Office of the European Union (EUIPO), Belgrade University is invited to propose the best young experts for one-year Internship at both international organizations.
More about it you may see on the Belgrade University’s webpage:

<![CDATA[HIGH LEVEL MEETING OF THE COORDINATION BODY]]>, 20.02.2020. Thu, 20 Feb 2020 00:00:00 e On Wednesday, 19 February 2020, in the premises of the Intellectual Property Office, a meeting lasting throughout the day was held at the high level, including members of the Coordination Body for the efficient protection of the intellectual property rights in the Republic of Serbia and the representatives of the Danish Interagency Network for fighting against infringements of the intellectual property rights, with the participation of foreign experts. The meeting was organized with the support of the Twinning Project of the European Union under the title “Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights”.
The meeting was opened by Mr. Vladimir Marić, Director of the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia, who spoke about the current situation of the protection of the intellectual property rights in Serbia and the plans regarding the Coordination Body. The meeting was all the more important due to the presence of His Excellency, Mr. Anders Christian Hougaard, Danish Ambassador to Serbia, who spoke about the relationships of Denmark and Serbia in the context of the accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union. The Danish Patent and Trademark Office  and its role in the interagency cooperation was the topic covered by Mr. John Jensen, Deputy Director General of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and Ms. Barbara Suhr-Jessen from the Danish Patent and Trademark Office.

The Members of the Coordination Body of the Republic of Serbia had the opportunity to get acquainted with the best European practice regarding the coordination of the intellectual property rights enforcement presented by the representatives of the Danish Customs, Belgian Police and the Romanian Prosecution Office. The participants discussed about the expectations and challenges regarding the coordination between the institutions for the Intellectual property rights enforcement.
<![CDATA[THE TRADEMARK LAW AND THE MARRAKESH TREATY TO FACILITATE ACCESS]]>, 24.01.2020. Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 e The Parliament of the Republic of Serbia passed today The Trademark Law and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.
The new Trademark Law harmonizes our legislation in this field additionally with the European legislation, while the Law on the Ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty grants certain privileges to the blind and visually impaired people with regard to the right to use copyright protected work of other right holders. By passing the mentioned legislation, another step was made in the direction of better protection of intellectual property rights in the Republic of Serbia towards the closing the Chapter 7 – Intellectual property rights.