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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.


 

 

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