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Luxembourg technical assistance programme for Serbia: Seminar on EU Intellectual Property Rights (Belgrade, 27-28 June 2018)

Published Thursday June 28 2018

Within the framework of the Luxembourg technical assistance programme for Serbia, called ‘Strengthening Capacities to Implement EU Law’ and financed by the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, the European Institute for Public Administration - European Centre for Judges and Lawyers in Luxembourg (EIPA-ECJL) held a seminar on ‘Intellectual Property Rights: The law of Trade Marks and Design’ on 27th and 28th June 2018 in Belgrade.

The seminar was organised in cooperation with the Ministry of European Integration of the Republic of Serbia. Members of the national Intellectual Property Office, government officials from the Serbian Ministry of European Integration, the Ministry of Justice and the public prosecutor’s office as well as judges participated in this training session.

The seminar focused on the particularities of European Intellectual Property Rights in the field of trade marks and designs, including the changes introduced by the EU regulation 2017/1001. Special emphasis was given to legal and practical aspects in relation to designs. The seminar also addressed the role of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and its national counterparts with regard to the registration, opposition and appeal procedures. Participants engaged in a comparison between the jurisdictional aspects of intellectual property rights and other EU instruments governing cooperation in civil and commercial matters.

It was the third seminar organised by Luxembourg this year in the framework of its technical assistance programme for Serbia. Previous seminars dealt with EU environmental law and EU data protection legislation in the field of justice and law enforcement. A seminar on patent law will be held in October 2018.