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BILATERAL COOPERATION

MEMORANDA ON COOPERATION WITH 17 NATIONAL OFFICES

In the framework of the 95 Anniversary of the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia celebrated on 16 November 2015, 16 memoranda of cooperation with national offices were signed. These offices are: Austrian Patent Office, General Directorate for Patents and Trademarks of Albania, Albanian Copyright Office, The Intellectual Property Office of the Kingdom of Belgium, Intellectual Property Institute of the Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Danish Office for Patents and Trademarks, The Organization of Industrial Property of Greece, the National Center for Intellectual Property of Georgia, the State Intellectual Property Office of the Peoples Republic of China, the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia, the State Industrial Property Office of Macedonia, the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office, the Federal Intellectual Property Office of the Russian Federation, the Russian State Academy for Intellectual Property, the State Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic and the Turkish Patent Institute.

Memorandum on Cooperation with the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office was signed on 24 October 2016.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SWISS CONFEDERATION

The Vice-president of the Government, in charge of the European integrations, and Minister for Science and Technological Development, Mr. Bozidar Djelic and the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Swiss Confederation, Mr. Michael Ambul, signed a Memorandum on Understanding which will enable Serbia to improve the system of protection of geographical indications for the products on the foreign markets. The memorandum has been concluded with the aim to improve the international economic and commercial system in Serbia through the realization of the Project of Technical Assistance to Serbia in the Field of Intellectual Property.

This Project, which has been financed by the Government of Switzerland with 780,000 Swiss francs, was initiated in December 2009, and it will last for three years. In the enforcement of the Project, the Ministry for Science and Technological Development and the Intellectual Property Office will participate on the Serbian side. On the other side, we find as partners in the enforcement the Swiss Federal Institute for Intellectual Property and SEEDEV, the consulting company for development in the South-East Europe. One of the most important goals of the project is the creation of conditions for the establishment of the associations of producers of products with the protected indications of origin that express the highest economic potential. Such associations would take care of the harmonization of quality of these products and of their commercialization and adequate protection.

Mr. Djelic emphasized that this project is an excellent support for the realization of the goal of our country to enter this year in the membership of the European Patent Office, which will enable Serbia to get affirmation as a country that produces ready made products, and not just raw material. Mr. Ambul explained that the enforcement of the project of the system of protection of geographical indications will enable the gourmet Serbian products, like cream cheese and others, to find their way to the European market, and it will also contribute to the faster accession of Serbia to the World Trade Organization.

Memorandum of Understanding is available here.


OTHER BILATERAL AGREEMENTS AND COOPERATION



  • Bilateral agreements of cooperation in the field of intellectual property are signed with: the Intellectual Property Office of the PR of China, in 1998; State Office for Inventions and Trademarks of Rumunia, in 2001; and the Agreement with the State Office for the Intellectual Property of Ukraina is in preparation;
  • Agreements on the exchange of patent documentation are signed with the Intellectual Property Office of Ukraina, in 1998, Intellectual Property Office of the PR of China in 1998 and the State Office for Intellectual Property of the Russian Federation- ROSPATENT in 2000;
  • In the last ten years, the representatives of the Office organized bilateral visits to the national offices of Russia, Ukraina, China, Rumunia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Albania, Croatia, Bosna and Hertzegovina, Moldavia, etc.
  • The expert study visits were organized to the Intellectual Property Office of Croatia, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Norvegian Agency for Reprographic Rights, Slovac Patent Office, State Office for Inventions and Trademarks of Romania, etc.