April edition of the INTA Anticounterfeiting Committee Newsletter features an article on Goods in Transit in Eastern Europe (see the link . The article is based on a survey drawn up and conducted by Mara Jankovic as a member of Eastern Europe and Central Asia Subcommittee (EE & CA). To access the article, please see the link http://www.inta.org/Committees/Documents/acc_newsletter_04_2013.pdf.
Vladimir Djeric has been invited to join the list of foreign arbitrators of the Permanent Court of Arbitration attached to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (www.sloarbitration.eu).
Vladimir Djerić was a speaker at the AmCham Serbia (AmCham Srbija) briefing session “Trade Secrets - Legislation & Practice”, held on 25 October 2012.
On 30 November 2010, the Government of Montenegro adopted the new Trademark Law. The law was published in the Montenegrin Official Gazette on December 8, 2010 and came into force on December 16, 2010.
The important provisions of the new law are as follows:
We are pleased to announce that Ms. Katarina Radović, attorney at law from MJB, was elected to the Governing Board of the Belgrade Bar Association at its assembly held on 22 May 2010.
New legislation on Trademarks, Industrial Design and Topography of Integrated Circuits came into force on December 24, 2009. The possibility of filing an appeal in Trademark and Industrial Design matters has been introduced in the procedure before the IP Office of Serbia. The deadline for filing appeals is 15 days from notification of the applicant.
“The Law on Protection of Rights of Breeders of Plant Varieties” was adopted by the Serbian Parliament and came into force on June 10, 2009.
The Customs Office in Serbia started destroying goods seized under suspicion of infringing IP rights.
The Government of Serbia adopted a new “Decree on terms and manner of application of customs measures for the protection of IP rights” which shall enter into force on January 1, 2011(Official Gazette of Republic of Serbia, No. 86/2010). However, all pending procedures shall end under the provisions of the old decree. Customs measures requests adopted under the old decree remain in force until their expiration date and represent the basis for conducting customs measures under the new decree.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a new set of laws in the field of intellectual property came into force on January1, 2011, namely:
Entry into force of the new IP legislation was followed by an introduction of the new Tariff of Administrative Fees.
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Dejan Bogdanovic, a senior partner in the Law Office of Mikijelj Jankovic & Bogdanovic, was elected President of the AIPPI National Group of Serbia at its Meeting of 5 March, 2011.
We are pleased to announce that Vladimir Djeric, attorney at law from MJB, has been appointed as substitute member of the Venice Commission from Serbia. The Venice Commission (European Commission for Democracy Through Law) is the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional matters, composed of “independent experts who have achieved eminence through their experience in democratic institutions or by their contribution to the enhancement of law and political science” (article 2 of the revised Statute). Members and substitute members serve in their individual capacity.
New Law no. 04/L-028 vas adopted on July 29, 2011, published on August 22, 2011, and is in force since September 6, 2011.
According to the new Law, a designer can only be a physical person, not a legal entity as provided for by the previous Law.
A Registration Certificate will be issued only at the request of the design owner.
A chapter regarding Community design has been introduced with effect from the date of entry of Kosovo into the European Union.
Regarding civil protection of industrial designs, deadlines for filing court petitions have been omitted in the new Law.
The new Law no. 04/L-026 on Trademarks was adopted on July 29, 2011, published on August 24, 2011, and is in force since September 8, 2011.
By its structure the new Law is significantly different from the previous Law no. 02/L-54.
Opposition procedure has been introduced, as well as the possibility to file an appeal against the decision of the IP Office of Kosovo. The deadline to file an opposition is 3 months from the publication of the application. The deadline to file an appeal against the decision of the IP Office is 15 days from the date of receipt of the contested decision.
Trademark applications are examined on absolute grounds only.
A new chapter on civil protection is introduced.
By all other elements, and by its structure, the new Law is harmonized with other legal texts in the region.
The new Law no. 04/L-029 on Patents was adopted on July 29, 2011, published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Kosovo on August 29, 2011, and is in force from September 13, 2011. Among other things, the new Law prescribes the following:
NB: Provisions regarding compulsory licences and supplementary certificates will be in use after Kosovo joins the EU.
At the invitation of the IP Office of Serbia Mara Jankovic of MJB held a presentation entitled "Advantages of the Hague System from the User's Point of View". The presentation was held in the scope of a two-day regional seminar on industrial design protection.
The new Serbian Law on Commercial Societies (Zakon o privrednim društvima) will start to apply as of 1 February 2012 (entered into force on 4 June 2011). The law requires existing commercial societies to introduce, as the case may be, certain changes in their structure and amend their founding documents. For example, limited liability companies should harmonize the outlook of their management bodies/officials with the new law. Similarly, joint stock companies should harmonize their articles of incorporation and by-laws with the new law and adopt by-laws where none exist. This should be done by 1 February 2012, while the changes should be registered in the commercial register by 1 May 2012.
At the invitation of Agrokor Group, Dejan Bogdanovic, a senior partner in the Law Office of Mikijelj Jankovic & Bogdanovic, held a presentation on Strategy and Management of Intellectual Property Rights in Belgrade on 18 November 2011. The presentation addresses the issue of how a modern company can successfully manage its IP portfolio.
We are pleased to announce that Vladimir Djeric, attorney at law from MJB, has been appointed an arbitrator of the Permanent Elected Court (Arbitration) of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia by a decision of the Governing Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Serbia dated 21 December 2011.
Vladimir Djeric gave a lecture “Legal measures to protect secrecy and legal remedies in case of infringment of trade secrets” at the seminar on the new Serbian Law on Protection of Trade Secrets which was organized by the Center for Human Resources Development and Management in Belgrade on 22 February 2012.