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Latest development on the Serbian state

Latest development on the Serbian state borders goes to show customs’ readiness to efficiently tackle with some out-of-ordinary attempts at counterfeiting and piracy

In one of the latest inspections that took place on 22 September 2020 on the Serbia-Bulgaria state crossing of Gradina, customs officers seized 18 samples of forged certificates and bar-codes pertaining to internationally renowned brands. The aim behind the forging seems to pertain to their later use on counterfeit garments in an attempt to pass them as originals.

Goods in question were seized from a 51-year old Serbian national travelling on a bus from Turkey and were intended for use on counterfeit accessories such as socks, scarves and belts. Holding a substantial amount of certificates and codes without them being actually attached to any of the articles triggered the customs officers’ suspicions of illicit activity.

After scanning the codes in question, officers realized that they were on the right track since the codes in question pertained to original goods probably already sold elsewhere, meaning that the ones they had in their possession were most probably hacked. Since bar codes actually consist of a simple sequence of numbers which are there to indicate amongst other things information on the manufacturer and country of intended distribution, it is oftentimes quite easy to ascertain when the bar codes in question are not intended for a given market.

Seized goods, although in small in quantity actually represent something quite novel and important from the legal standpoint, since they encompass into one both the elements of trademark infringement and of cyber-crime.

Tamara Bubalo

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Romania Amendments to the Law on Trademark

Romania – Amendments to the Law on Trademarks and Geographical Indications entered into force on 13.07.2020

Law no. 112/2020 amending and supplementing Law no. 84/1998 on Trademarks and Geographical Indications (the “Law”) entered into force on 13.07.2020. The scope of the Law is to transpose Directive (EU) 2015/2436 into national law. The most important changes introduced by the Law can be summarized as follows:

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3rd prize winner 2020 ECTA

Mina Jovanović 3rd prize winner 2020 ECTA

On behalf of Živko Mijatović and Partners, we are delighted to announce that our very own Mina Jovanović, has been elected as a 3rd prize winner of the 2020 ECTA Awards’ Student Category, for her publication entitled:

The originality requirement in EU and U.S., different approaches and implementation in practice”.

With a PhD degree from Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, MA degree from King’s College, London, and the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law, besides being a very seasoned litigator, Mina is involved in academia as well. She is also a recipient of INTA’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award for the year 2018. We are very proud of her achievements so far and eagerly await for the new ones, both professional and scholarly.

You can find fore information about 3rd prize winner 2020 ECTA in the following link:

https://ecta.org/en/latest-news-detail/news/ecta-award-2020-winners/

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New Serbian Trade Mark Law

New Serbian Trade Mark Law

Law on Trademarks
(Official Gazette RS no. 6/20)

On January 24, 2020, the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia adopted the new Law on Trademarks. Its implementation shall begin on Saturday, February 1, 2020. The aim of the new law is to harmonize Serbian legislation in the field with the European legislation, hence the introduction of many novelties. Summary of essential novelties is listed below:

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Djura Mijatovic and Luka Jelcic will be participating in the INTA 2020 Europe Conference

Djura Mijatović, our Managing Partner and Luka Jelcic, from the ZMP Croatian Office, will be participating in the INTA 2020 Europe Conference about Brands, Sports, and Esports: A Brand (R)evolution, which will take place on February 17th-18th 2020 in Madrid, Spain.

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