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Lawyer Monthly – Legal Awards 2019. Recognising achievement and success in the legal industry - A category winner for Patents Serbia in 2019 is the IP Office Mikijelj Jankjović & Bogdanovic from Belgrade.

Wednesday, 25. December 2019.

Happy Holidays!

Intellectual Property Office MJB wishes happy holidays to all its clients, partners and colleagues. As we celebrate the joy of the holidays, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with you.

Tuesday, 17. December 2019.

MJB IP Office welcomes Katarina Cavor

MJB Intellectual Property Office has welcomed a new member to their team, Ms Katarina Čavor. Ms Čavor is a patent attorney who had previously worked at both the IP Office of Serbia and the EUIPO.

Katarina Radovic, partner at the IP Office MJB participated in a panel organized by the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade in cooperation with the Union University Law School on the topic of  “Author and Law”. The panel was primarily intended for the lectures of the University of Arts in Belgrade (the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, The Faculty of Fine Arts, The Faculty of Music and The Faculty of Applied Arts). Read more

Thursday, 21. November 2019.

Successes of our legal trainees

IP Office MJB is pleased to announce that our legal trainee Ms Marina Ješić, has successfully defended Master thesis in International Investment Law under the topic of “Legal regime of cooling-off periods in international investment arbitration” at the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade, while Ms Ivana Vukcevic, also a legal trainee at IP Office MJB, has recently been named as the teaching assistant for the course Public International Law at the Union University Law School in Belgrade for the academic year 2019/2020.

Chambers & Partners Europe 2019 ranked MJB in Band 1 of IP law offices in Serbia. Dejan Bogdanovic and Mara Jankovic are recognized as the leading practitioners in the field. Read more. MJB was also ranked in Band 2 for dispute resolution, and Vladimir Djeric once again identified as one of the leading lawyers in the field. Read more

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"Hague Journal on the Rule of Law" in its April 2018 issue features an article about the Constitutional Court of Serbia authored by Vladimir Djeric of MJB and Professor Tatjana Papic of the Union University Faculty of Law, see more  “On the Margins of Consolidation: The Constitutional Court of Serbia”, Hague Journal on the Rule of Law, Vol. 10, Issue 1, pp. 59-82.

MJB contributed an article on data protection in Serbia in Chambers &Partners Data Protection & Cyber Security 2018 Practice Guide. Read more

Thursday, 14. June 2018.

Belgrade Business Run

MJB office enjoyed participating in Belgrade Business Run 2018. Our moto: Team sprit!

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Dejan Bogdanovic represented Silbo (Paracinka Paracin) in the process of acquisition of the CIPIRIPI trademarks from Nestle S.A, which was covered by the Serbian media:

https://www.blic.rs/vesti/ekonomija/srpska-firma-kupila-cipiripi/hmlejt2

https://www.danas.rs/drustvo/nestle-prodaje-cipiripi.

Chambers & Partners Europe 2018 ranked MJB in Band 1 of IP law offices in Serbia. Dejan Bogdanovic and Mara Jankovic are recognized as the leading practitioners in the field. Read more MJB was also ranked in Band 2 for dispute resolution, and Vladimir Djeric once again identified as one of the leading lawyers in the field. Read more

Wednesday, 18. October 2017.

MJB ranked by Legal 500 2017

MJB has once again been ranked by Legal 500 in the fields of IP (read more), dispute resolution (read more) and employment law (read more).

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Chambers & Partners Europe 2017 uvrstio je MJB u Grupu 1 advokatskih kancelarija za zaštitu intelektualne svojine u Srbiji. Dejan Bogdanović je i dalje prepoznat kao jedan od vodećih advokata u ovoj oblasti, dok je Mara Janković ponovo rangirana u kategoriji advokata u usponu (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/185/34/editorial/7/1). MJB je takođe rangiran i Grupi 2 u oblasti rešavanja sporova, a Vladimir Djerić je i ove godine svrstan među vodeće advokate u toj oblasti (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/185/467/editorial/7/1).

Friday, 13. May 2016.

The new Law on Advertising

The new Law on Advertising of the Republic of Serbia became effective as of May 6, 2016. Brief overview of the most significant changes can be found here.

Chambers & Partners Europe 2016 ranked MJB in Band 1 of IP law offices in Serbia. Dejan Bogdanovic was once again singled out as one of the leading practitioners in the field, and Mara Jankovic ranked in the "up and coming" category for the second year in a row (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/185/34/editorial/7/1). MJB was also ranked in Band 3 for dispute resolution, and Vladimir Djeric once again identified as one of the leading lawyers in the field (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/185/467/editorial/7/1).

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia appointed Mara Jankovic and Lena Petrovic arbitrators with the Committee for the Resolution of Disputes Relating to the Registration of National Internet Domains. The arbitrators resolve disputes over which the Committee has jurisdiction. Term of office of the appointees is four years.

Basic information about resolution of domain name disputes in Serbia is available on the Serbian National Internet Domain Registry (RNIDS) website via link www.rnids.rs/en/domains/resolution-domain-name-disputes.

Friday, 16. October 2015.

MJB in WTR Yearbook 2016/2017

Once again MJB contributes to the World Trademark Review Yearbook 2016/2017 with a Country Chapter on Serbia. To view the content of the article, follow the link http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/Intelligence/Yearbook/2016/Country-chapters/Serbia.

This article first appeared in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2016/2017, a supplement to WTR magazine, published by Globe Business Media Group - IP Division. To view the guide in full, please go to www.worldtrademarkreview.com’.

Chambers Europe 2015 ranked MJB in Band 1 of IP law offices in Serbia. Dejan Bogdanovic was singled out as one of the leading practitioners in the field, while Mara Jankovic entered the IP lawyer rankings for the first time in the "up and coming" category (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/185/34/editorial/7/1#RankedFirms_Tab).

MJB was also ranked in Band 3 for dispute resolution, and Vladimir Djeric once again identified as one of the leading lawyers in the field (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/185/467/editorial/7/1#RankedLawyers_Tab).

Latest edition of the Newsletter of Education and Information Center (EIC) of the Serbian IP Office features an article by Mara Jankovic entitled "Contesting a Trademark – Domestic Court Practice". To access the Newsletter, follow the link http://www.zis.gov.rs/upload/documents/newsletter/bilten%2018-8.pdf.

Vladimir Djeric has been selected by his peers for the third edition of "Best Lawyers in Serbia and Montenegro" (2014) in the practice area of International Arbitration, see BestLawyers.com.

Monday, 02. June 2014.

MJB in WTR Yearbook 2014/2015

Traditionally, MJB contributes to the World Trademark Review Yearbook 2014/2015 with a Country Chapter on Serbia. To read the article, follow the link http://www.worldtrademarkreview.com/issues/Article.ashx?g=d9749ba9-a1bc-4ad3-b835-9725361303e7.

‘This article first appeared in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2014/2015, a supplement to WTR magazine, published by The IP Media Group. To view the guide in full, please go to www.worldtrademarkreview.com

Chambers Europe 2014 has once again ranked MJB in Tier 1 of IP law offices in Serbia, with Dejan Bogdanovic singled out as “one of the most prestigious names on the market” (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/185/34/Editorial/7/1).

MJB’s Vladimir Djeric has been ranked in the field of dispute resolution (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/185/467/Editorial/7/1).

Monday, 26. May 2014.

MJB ranked by Legal 500 2014

MJB has once again been ranked by Legal 500 in the fields of IP, corporate and real estate law (http://www.legal500.com/firms/13345-mikijelj-jankovic-bogdanovic/13982-belgrade).

The first issue of CEE Legal Matters magazine features an article by Mara Jankovic entitled "The State of IP Matters in Serbia". The article identifies current IP issues in Serbia, and gives a brief summary of IP legislation and practices. CEE Legal Matters is a newly established publication that provides in-depth analysis of legal markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

November issue of the INTA Anticounterfeiting Committee (ACC) Newsletter features an article on the continuing Series of Roundtables exploring the topic of online sale of counterfeit goods in Serbia. The article gives a summary of the third roundtable, held on September 25, 2013, and the fourth, held on October 9, 2013. The Series was organized by Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ACC EE & CA) Subcommittee member Mara Jankovic in partnership with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. To see the article, go to http://www.inta.org/Advocacy/Documents/acc_newsletter_2013_november.pdf.

On September 11-12, 2013, Belgrade hosted a two-day regional seminar on enforcement of intellectual property rights. The seminar was jointly organized by the the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia. Mara Jankovic of MJB participated as one of the speakers. She held a presentation on the topic "The Role of the Right Holders - Cooperation with the Law Enforcement Authorities". For more details see http://www.zis.gov.rs/news.370.html?newsId=665.

The second Round table on On-line sale of counterfeit goods in Serbia was held on June 26, 2013 in the building of The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia. The Round table was organized by The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia in association with International Trademark Association.

On behalf of INTA – ACC EE&CA Mara Jankovic initiated and helped organize the Round table on On-line sale of counterfeit goods in Serbia. The round table was held on April 29, 2013 in the building of the Ministry of Interior of Serbia. For more details see http://www.rnids.rs/lat/vesti/okrugli-sto-o-prometu-krivotvorene-robe-putem-interneta-u-srbiji/id/4178.

Chambers Europe 2013 ranked MJB in Tier 1 of IP law offices in Serbia, while Dejan Bogdanovic was singled out as one of the leading lawyers in the field (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/74298).

Vladimir Djeric was ranked as one of the leading lawyers in the field of dispute resolution (http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/74301).

Friday, 19. April 2013.

Mara Jankovic in INTA Publication

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 Djerić was a speaker at the AmCham Serbia (AmCham Srbija) briefing session “Trade Secrets - Legislation & Practice”, held on 25 October 2012.

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).

Chambers survey 2012 has ranked Dejan Bogdanovic in Band 1 of IP lawyers in Serbia calling him ‘highly respected market figure with formidable experience in this area’, see http://www.chambersandpartners.com/Europe/Editorial/70196#per_322089.

Vladimir Djeric has been included in the second edition of Best Lawyers inSerbia and Montenegro (2012) in the practice area of International Arbitration, see BestLawyers.com.

On April 26, 2012, the Belgrade daily "Politika" published an interview with Mara Jankovic in connection with "the Slomovic Case ". Legal successors of Ambroise Vollard, famous art dealer, are seeking to retrieve a part of Vollard's art collection, now held by the National Museum in Belgrade. This priceless collection was brought to Yugoslavia during the World War II by Erich Slomovic, Mr. Vollard's assistant. MJB act as representatives of Ambroise Vollard's legal successors in a lawsuit against the Republic of Serbia and legal successors of Erich Slomovic initiated before the court in Belgrade. To read the interview, follow the link http://www.politika.rs/rubrike/Kultura/Beogradski-advokati-zastupaju-Volarove-naslednike.sr.html

We are pleased to partner with Anaqua and to provide assistance with the maintenance of their global country laws. Anaqua provides IP management software and services to large and small enterprises and IP law firms. For more information visit them at www.anaqua.com.

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. 

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.

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.

Wednesday, 23. November 2011.

Serbia: The New Law on Commercial Societies

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 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.

Tuesday, 27. September 2011.

Kosovo: New Patent Law

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:

  • decisions of the IP Office can be appealed before a commission within a 15 day deadline, and a court petition can be filed against the decision of the commission within a 30 day deadline,
  • it is permitted to disclose the invention without consequences at an internationally recognized exhibition (6 months before filing),
  • a patent which was subject to transfer of rights and licencing (exclusive or partial) can now be subject to lien, levy of execution and bankruptcy proceedings,
  • patent applications should be translated into the official languages,
  • restoration of priority right, as well as amendment and supplementation of the priority right request is permitted,
  • it is possible to prolong the deadline for submission of the Document of Evidence (DOE) – to a maximum of 90 days from completed substantive examination by the competent authority,
  • Compulsory license has been introduced for patents for pharmaceutical products intended for export to countries having problems with public health, and
  • the IP Office will issue Supplementary Protection Certificates for pharmaceutical products and plant products.

NB: Provisions regarding compulsory licences and supplementary certificates will be in use after Kosovo joins the EU.

Tuesday, 27. September 2011.

Kosovo: New Trademark 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.

Tuesday, 27. September 2011.

Kosovo: New Law on Industrial Design

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.

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.

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.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a new set of laws in the field of intellectual property came into force on January1, 2011, namely:

  • Trademark Law 
  • Patent Law
  • Law on Industrial Designs
  • Law on Protection of Indications of Geographical Origin
  • Law on Protection of Topographies of Integrated Circuits

Entry into force of the new IP legislation was followed by an introduction of the new Tariff of Administrative Fees.

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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:

  • All Serbian trademarks registered before 28 May 2008 that have not yet been re-registered or renewed in Montenegro will have a 12 month term to be re-registered in Montenegro. This term expires on 16 December, 2011. In order for a trademark to be re-registered, it will be necessary to obtain a certificate of validity from the Serbian IP Office. Any additional requirements will be prescribed by the corresponding by-laws regulating the new law, which will be adopted within the next six months.
  • The new law provides for opposition procedure for new trademark applications. After formal examination, trademark applications will be published in the Montenegrin IP Office Gazette and will be subject to opposition by third parties within a term of 90 days from the date of publication of the trademark application.

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Thursday, 09. December 2010.

Serbia: New Customs Measures Decree

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.

The new decree regulates the procedure for application of customs measures in a comprehensive manner. Noteworthy novelties brought by the decree are:

  • The IP right-holder is required to submit a statement that it will bear all costs related to the custom proceedings concerning the goods seized under the suspicion of infringing the IP right. The Decree also prescribes that the costs of storage, keeping, maintenance and destruction of seized goods will be borne by the infringer. It is unclear how the foregoing provisions shall apply in practice, although it can be expected that the customs office shall turn to the IP right-holder  to cover the costs, while the latter has the possibility to claim the compensation from the infringer before the court.
  • The new decree prescribes a new standard form for requesting the customs measures for protection of IP rights.
  • Goods seized under the suspicion of infringing IP rights can be destroyed with the consent of the IP rights-holder and at his cost, without prior establishing whether the IP rights have been infringed. The consent of the infringer shall be presumed unless it objects against the destruction in time prescribed by law.
  • The importer has the possibility to request release of the goods seized under the suspicion of infringing the right to design, petty patent, supplementary protection certificate or plant variety protection under the conditions that all customs formalities have been fulfilled, that the court proceedings commenced without the issuance of a temporary injunction, and that security in cash has been deposited in the amount sufficient to protect interests of the IP rights-holder.

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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.

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“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.

Wednesday, 02. December 2009.

Customs Office

The Customs Office in Serbia started destroying goods seized under suspicion of infringing IP rights.