Serbia became member of the European Patent Organization
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.
The accession to the EPO brings along certain novelties regarding the filing
of international patent applications. The accession of Serbia to the
European Patent Organization facilitates the procedure of filing applications
for the protection of inventions in the member states of the EPO.
When the domestic applicant wishes to protect his invention
in more member states of the EPO, it is enough to file one application
in the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia or in
the European Patent Office, on the basis of which the European Patent Office
shall conduct one administrative procedure for the grant of patents.
In other words, the applicant need not enter the procedure of
application examination in every country separately; instead,
he/she can file only one application. In such a way, the applicants get simpler
and less expensive protection for inventions in the member states of the EPO.
The applicants that have residence in one of the member states of the EPO,
can act on their own behalf in the procedures before the
European Patent Office, and need not hire a representative,
as was previously the case.
On the other hand, it will be possible to designate the Republic of Serbia,
as a new member state of the EPO, in the European patent applications
filed after October 1, 2010.
It is necessary to underline that this accession is coming after the
Cooperation and Extension Agreement signed in 2001 between the FR Yugoslavia
and the EPO, so that the application of the European patent designating the
Republic of Serbia, as well as the European patent extended to the
Republic of Serbia, have the same legal effect as the national application
or the national patent on the basis of the national law on patents.