The new Trademark Law entered into force in Montenegro on December 16, 2010,
while the new Design Law entered into force on January 8, 2011. These laws introduce an obligatory
re-registration of trademarks/ designs registered before the IP Office of Yugoslavia/
Serbia & Montenegro/ Serbia prior to May 28, 2008, unless a renewal or request for recordal
of changes or Certificate of Registration had already been filed in Montenegro before
December 16, 2010/ January 8, 2011 (date of entry into force of the relevant law).
However, these rules does not relate to International Registrations registered before the WIPO.
The Republic of Serbia has become the member of the
European Patent Organization (EPO) on October 1, 2010. In such a way,
Serbia joined the family of the European countries members of this organization,
including all 27 members of the European Union, and also Albania, Croatia,
Macedonia, Island, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland and Turkey.
On the basis of this accession to the EPO, Serbia got full membership in the
committees and working bodies of this Organization. In such a way, Serbia is
actively participating in the development of the patent system in Europe.