It has come to our attention that the Law on Legal Protection of Industrial Designs in Serbia was amended with effect from 30th May 2015, largely so as to bring it into line with EU Directives 98/71/EC and 2004/48/EC.

 

Inter alia, the amended law expressly stipulates that the novelty requirements are fulfilled if there is no earlier application for an identical industrial design and if such earlier application has not been made available to the public.  The amended law also provides that a design will be considered to have been disclosed if it was published following its registration, or exhibited, used in trade or otherwise disclosed before the date of filing of the application for registration or, if priority is claimed, the earliest priority date, except where these events could not reasonably have become known in the normal course of business to those specialized in the sector concerned and operating within the Republic of Serbia.

 

The amended law also alters the requirements concerning the representations and description which must be filed in design applications, as well the scope of protection afforded by design registrations and the remedies available to the right holder.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information or assistance in this regard.