(WIPO code: RS) (last revised May 2020)

by CABINET PAVLOVIC, Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Belgrade

General Information

Area

88,361 sq. km.

Population

7,078,110 (estimated July 2018).

Capital

Belgrade, with 1,580,000 inhabitants.

Language

Serbian.

Currency

Serbian dinar.

General Remarks

Formerly called Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the country officially changed its name to the Union of Serbia and Montenegro on February 4, 2003, and was then dissolved into two separate countries on June 3, 2006. The IP Office of Serbia and Montenegro now operates as the Intellectual Property Office of Serbia. Industrial property rights registered or applied for registration in the Union of Serbia and Montenegro continue to be valid in Serbia and revalidation is not required.

Montenegro established its own IP Office in May 2007 and it started operating on May 28, 2008. Serbian patents registered before May 28, 2008 are recognized in Montenegro, provided that the request to enter the patent into Montenegrin patent register is filed by February 6, 2016 and that annuities which were due in the six-month period preceding the request and subsequent annuities are paid in Montenegro separately. Serbian trademarks and designs registered before May 28, 2008 are recognized in Montenegro provided that the revalidation request was filed in Montenegro by December 16, 2011 (trademarks), resp. January 8, 2012 (designs). Filing of revalidation request was not mandatory for trademarks/designs for which their owners filed a request for the issuance of a certificate of recognition, and/or renewal request and/or request for recording of a name/address change or assignment before December 16, 2010. Based on such request, these trademarks/designs were entered into the Montenegro Registry automatically. Serbian patent/trademark/design applications pending on May 28, 2008 are recognized in Montenegro provided that they were re-filed there by May 28, 2009.

Serbia is making considerable efforts to improve IP enforcement. In the past couple of years, customs has been very active in detaining suspected counterfeiting goods at the border.