Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Serbia
Under the leadership of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), the IRZ is the junior partner responsible for the EU twinning project “Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Serbia”. The project was launched in February 2019 and will run for a total of 24 months, with a budget of EUR 1.5 million.
The project partner in Serbia is the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications.
The overriding objective of the project is to support the Republic of Serbia in aligning its standards for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights with established EU practices, in order to conduct effective accession negotiations and successfully manage all the integration and pre-accession assistance from the EU. In addition, a functioning system for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights will be set up and adapted to suit EU standards and procedures. These project guidelines are being implemented thanks to regular seminars, workshops and study visits, in close cooperation with the relevant Serbian project partners. The expert team behind the project consortium is essentially made up of employees from the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO), experts from the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (BMJV) and from German customs authorities and judges at the German Federal Patent Court.