The Chairman of the Board of the Agency for Intellectual Property "Berin", prof. Dr. Gjorgji Filipov, member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, participated in the work of the 8th Conference of the Danube Academy of Sciences and Arts, which was held on 21-22 September 2017 in Belgrade (Serbia), organized by the Serbian and European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
The program included topics in the field of environmental dangerous in the countries of the Danubian region and the neighborhood and searching for answer, what to do about the protection, but also what is the role of the universities in this action in the development of technologies and innovations which would contribute in that direction. The speakers at the event were the presidents of the Serbian Academy of Sciences (SANU), academician. Vladimir Kostic and of the European (EANU), acad. Felix Unger. Greetings words were given by the president of Alma Mater Européa as well as by the representative of the Slovenian academy, Andrej Kranjc and the representative of the EC, prof. Dr. Miroslav Veskovic. Participants at the event also were addressed by the the EC, Dr. Johannes Khan. Under the moderation of the academics Vladimir Stevanovic and Dejan Popovic have spoken the next participants: prof. Dr Thomas Hein, Wolfram Graf, Andrea Funk, Gertrud Haidvogl, Florian Pletterbauer, Rafaela Schinegger, Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber, Daniel Trauner, Gabriele Weigelhofer, Prof. Dr Jasmina Šinžar-Sekulić, Dr Aljoša Tanasković, Dr Momir Paunović, Prof. Dr Bela Csányi, Prof. Dr Rumen Kalchev, Prof. Dr. Jovan Despotović, Prof. Dr Marko V. Ivetić, Mr Mihajlo Gavrić, Dr Aleksantar Šotić, Acad. Nicolae Panin, Acad. Cristian Hera, Acad. Boris Bourkinsky, Prof. Dr. Sc. Oleg Rubel, Dr Sc. Pavol Shajgalík, Prof. Dr. Sybille Reichert, Prof. Dr Ivanka Popović, Prof. Dr. Alojz Kralj, Dr Marijana Vidas-Bubanja, Prof. Prof. Dr. Georgi M. Dimirovski, Prof. Dr Vojislav V. Mitic, Ph.D. Dr Marcel H. B. Van de Voorde, Prof. Dr H.J. Fecht, Prof. Dr Ljubiša M. Kocić and Acad. Dejan B. Popović.
Prof. Filipov referred to the significance of the applied researches, making a quantitative comparison of the investigations from the countries of the Danube region that resulted in patent protection. He particularly emphasized the example of Slovenia, Austria and Germany, countries that have the largest number of applied patents-protected researches. Filipov also proposed measures that would promote the activity on this plan to other countries in the region.
On May 25, 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the Interim Measures for the Processing of Related Examination Businesses Regarding the Implementation of the Revised Patent Law. As the amended patent law has come into effect on June 1, 2021 and the implementation rules are still being revised, CNIPA issued these Interim Measures that have been effective since June 1, 2021. The Interim Measures cover design patent term, partial design examination, patent term adjustment, patent term extension, and other areas. The Interim Measures do not cover patent linkage.
· Applicants can submit partial designs starting June 1, 2021. However, CNIPA will not examine partial designs until the implementation rules are released.
· Applicants can request for both patent term extensions (PTE) and patent term adjustments (PTA) for any patent application granted on or after June 1, 2021. The requests for PTA and PTE must be filed within 3 months of grant of patent or of drug marketing approval from the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), respectively. CNIPA will examine the requests once the implementation rules are released.
· CNIPA will begin examining applications for good faith requirements (Article 20, Paragraph 1 of the Patent Law) starting June 1, 2021.
· Design patent term is 15 years from filing only for design applications filed on or after June 1, 2021.
The full text (Chinese only) is reproduced below and is available on the following link: https://www.cnipa.gov.cn/art/2021/5/25/art_74_159631.html
The 90th meeting of the Council of the European Patent Institute (EPI) took place on 8 May 2021 by video conference, which was attended by a total of 160 members, including three representatives from MK: prof. Dr. Gjorgji Filipov, B.Sc. eng. Bogoljub Ilievski (as permanent members and Marija Kjoseska, M.Sc., as a substitute member of the Council).
During the meeting, the members of the Council elected a new Secretary General, Ms. Olga SIRAKOVA (BG), in place of Mr. Cornelis Mulder (NL), resigned in January 2021.
Council members also elected members of Committees for which there where vacancies. The updated list of Committee members will be soon available on the epi website (https://patentepi.org/en/epi-bodies).
Council also welcomed Ms. Tatjana LISSAK who started working as Executive Director for EPI on 1st February 2021. Ms. LISSAK gave an insight on epi's current operating model and on organisational objectives going forward.
Amongst the topics discussed, the EQE discussion paper prepared by the Professional Education Committee was presented to Council members and triggered many comments and suggestions.
The EPI Council has 12,300 patent attorneys from 38 European countries. Let us remind that with a three-year mandate in the governing bodies of the European Patent Institute, the following representatives from (MK) have been elected: Bogoljub Ilievski (one of the two vice presidents of EPI), Vancho Damjanski (member of the Disciplinary Committee), Blagica Veskoska (member of the Committee for Finding ), Marija Kjoseska (member of the Committee for Implementation of Proceedings), Valentin Pepeljugoski (member of the Committees for Education and Litigation) and Gjorgji Filipov (member of the Committee for the European Patent Committee).
In 1440 Johannes Gutenber from Germany found the printing machine. That event was a spark that ignited the fire of interest in protecting the rights of inventors and authors in general. In 1469 the government of Venice gave the exclusive right to John of Speyer, the first printer, to be the only one allowed to "print letters". Shortly afterwards, in 1474, the Venetian Law was enacted, which is considered to be the first systematic approach to the protection of an invention in the form of a patent, giving the inventor the exclusive right to dispose of the benefits of its use. The English monopoly law from 1624 was the first law that provided a monopoly on an invention with a limited duration. In 1710 in the United Kingdom, the Anne Act was passed, extending the right to print books to the authors not just to the printers. The words invention and patent first appeared in a constitution in 1788. Namely, the US Constitution of that year speaks of inventions and exclusive rights for creators. It was translated into the first Patent Law in 1790. Immediately afterwards, as a result of the French bourgeois revolution, in France in 1791 the first patent law was passed. In 1877 Germany adopted the first patent law which precisely defined the conditions for granting a patent.
The refusal of many inventors to attend the first World Exhibition of Inventions in Vienna in 1873, due to the lack of an international system of protection of inventions, initiated the signing of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (1883). It was signed by only 12 countries including the young Kingdom of Serbia. The convention guaranteed the same rights to the patent owners in all territories that they'd wished to be protected. Industrial property means the ownership of patent rights, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical names. For similar reasons, to guarantee copyrights in different countries, three years later, in 1886 the Berne Convention for Protection of Literary and Artistic Works was concluded. These include works in the field of literature, science, works of painters, performers, phonograms, shows... Works that belong to industrial property and copyright and related works are collectively called intellectual property.
The Paris and Bern Conventions are the base, and today there are more than fifty international conventions and agreements, which specify protection in accordance with the progress in the scientific, technological and artistic development of mankind. Their administration is most often carried out by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
On April 24, 1992, the Ministry of Development of the Republic of Macedonia took over the competencies related to the protection of industrial property and from that date applications for protection of industrial property began to be submitted. The Macedonian Law on Protection of Industrial Property entered into force on 15.07.1993 but the Republic of Macedonia has been considered a member of WIPO since 08.09.1991. The first director of the Institute for Protection of Industrial Property was appointed on November 26, 1993, after which, on December 1, 1993. The Office for Protection of Industrial Property was established. Later, the Office changed its name to the Bureau of IP Protection, and later to the State Office of Industrial Property.
This year, the World Organization WIPO celebrates IP Day with the motto "Helping Smaller Businesses Thrive".
Happy Intellectual Property Day - April 26!
On September 9, 2019, the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO) members states adopted the Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention (the Protocol).
From June 1, 2021 the Eurasian Patent Office, one of the two bodies of the EAPO, will accept Eurasian design applications. An Eurasian design patent will be valid on the territory of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russia - these are the countries, where the Protocol is already in force.
The EAPO Administrative Council has adopted regulations necessary to implement the Protocol. The normative legal acts of the Eurasian Patent Office defining the rules of drafting, filing and examining applications for Eurasian design patents, procedures for certification and registration of Eurasian patent attorneys specializing in industrial designs, procedures for filing opposition against Eurasian design patents, as well as other normative legal acts provided for by Part II of the Patent Regulations under the Eurasian Patent Convention are under preparation.
The Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO) is an international organization set up in 1995 by the Eurasian Patent Convention (EAPC) to grant Eurasian patents. The headquarters of the EAPO is in Moscow, Russia. The current member states are: Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.
A new trademark law entered into force in Serbia on February 1, 2020 introducing important changes that further harmonize the country’s trademark legislation with the corresponding European Union law. Here are the most important changes:
1. Introduction of the opposition system - One of the most important changes brought by the new trademark law is the introduction of the opposition system. Interested parties can file an opposition within three months from the application’s publication date in the Serbian IPO’s Official Gazette. The deadline for filing oppositions against international registrations is three months from the first day of the month following the date of publication in the WIPO Gazette of International Marks. Only if the two parties make a joint request to that effect, will the Serbian IPO approve a “cooling-off” period, which can last for 24 months at the longest.
2. Grounds For Opposition - Oppositions can be based on two new grounds for refusal which are not examined ex officio and were previously entirely absent from the law. One of these is filing of a trademark application by a trademark owner’s agent or representative without the owner’s authorization. The other is similarity of a trademark to an existing company name.
3. Adopting the principle of international exhaustion - The new Trademarks Act adopts the concept of international exhaustion. Therefore, once the trademark proprietor places, or consents to placing, on the market anywhere in the world goods protected by the trademark, the proprietor has exhausted its right to prohibit further circulation of the goods.
4. Infringement Actions In The Name Of Licensees - Unless otherwise stipulated by the license agreement, the holder of an exclusive license is entitled to file an infringement action if they notified the trademark owner and the latter did not file the infringement action within 30 days from being notified, and the holder of a non-exclusive licence is entitled to file an infringement action only if such an action is authorized by the trademark owner.
5. International Trademark Use - In opposition, infringement, invalidity and non-use cancellation proceedings, the relevant registration date for an international trademark will be one year after the date of notifying WIPO of the request to extend protection to the territory of Serbia.
6. Comparative advertising - Trademark proprietor may now claim trademark infringement if the defendant used the sign in comparative advertising in a manner that is contrary to law.
7. Right to prohibit preparatory acts in relation to the use of packaging or other means - Where the risk of infringement exists, the proprietor has the right to prohibit affixing a sign identical with, or similar to, the protected trademark on the packaging, labels, and other items on which a mark may be placed.
8. Restitutio in integrum -The new Trademark Act now allows for restitutio in integrum in a number of stages in the proceeding before the SIPO.
9. Decisions of the Serbian Intellectual Property Office are final - Once the SIPO takes a decision, the dissatisfied party no longer has the possibility of filing an appeal. However, administrative litigation can be initiated.
10. Trademarks as objects of enforcement -The law makes it explicit that trademarks are suitable as objects of enforcement.
PATENT is a set of exclusive rights granted by the state to the owner of the patent (inventor or holder) for a specified period in exchange for regulated disclosure of certain details of the invention, which may be a new device, process, method or composition . These can make an inventive contribution and be useful and industrially applicable.
Berin LTD offers services in the field of protecting patents in North Macedonia in the following areas .
For the provision of these services in other countries, we have cooperations with our contractual partners who have the respective national professional power of representation .
Berin International GmbH (branch in Austria) only offers the submission of patent applications and the representation of parties in patent grant proceedings as well as in opposition and appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office. Services that are reserved for a professional party representative in accordance with the Austrian Patent Law are not offered in Austria. We would be happy to provide you with our Austrian colleagues from Austrian Patent Chamber.
* The term PATENT is derived from the Latin word "patere" and it means "to be open" (to be presented to the public) and from the term "Letters Patent" which originally means the transfer of a noble regulation that gives the exclusive rights to a certain Person or activity meant.
TRADEMARK PROTECTION is the right of industrial property that relates to a person, organization or legal person for individual labeling of their products and/or services in front of consumers, as well as for the differentiation of their products from those of other manufacturers.
Berin LTD offers trademark protection services in North Macedonia in the following areas .
[In the administrative procedure]
[With judicial protection and enforcement]
For the provision of these services in other countries, we have cooperations with our contractual partners who have the respective national professional power of representation.
Berin International GmbH (branch in Austria) does not offer any services under Austrian law before Austrian authorities with regard to trademark rights. We would be happy to make our Austrian colleagues available to you for this matter.
* trademark is typically a name, word, sentence, graphic logo, symbol, appearance, image, or a combination thereof. The ® mark is used to identify the marks that are registered with the right to the trademark. It is synonymous with the symbol TM used in the area of North America.
Copyright is a term used in relation to the rights to develop, use, and use copyrighted works and specific expressions of ideas and information. Copyrighted work is an intellectual work of a person or a group of people in the field of literature, science, art and other fields, regardless of the manner and form of expression.
Berin LTD offers services in the field of copyright protection in North Macedonia in the following areas.
[When representing authors and users of works protected by copyright]
Berin International GmbH (branch in Austria) does not offer any of the above services in Austria. These are reserved for a professional party representative in accordance with the Austrian Copyright Act. We are happy to name one of our cooperation partners for you.
For the provision of these services in other countries, we have cooperations with our contractual partners who have the respective national professional power of representation
* © is a symbol that is used to designate copyrights next to the name of the bearer, as a warning that their use is only possible with their consent.
© - it is an abbreviation derived from the term “copyright” and literally means “the right to copy”.
Berin LTD is entitled to carry out the following legal representations in North Macedonia before all administrative and judicial authorities, before the European Patent Office and WIPO in all phases of the realization and protection of intellectual property . By continuously monitoring all changes in the law and practice in cooperation with our customers, we achieve the optimal result of all procedures initiated:
Representation before administrative authorities includes:
Berin International GmbH (branch in Austria) does not offer any of the above services in Austria. These are reserved for a professional party representative. We would be happy to name one of our cooperation partners in Austria for you.
Legal acts of Berin International GmbH representation can only be carried out before the European Patent Office.
The representatives of Berin have experience in the oral proceedings before Examining division of the European Patent Office (EPO).
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN is the right to industrial property relating to a particular appearance or shape of a body, image, drawing, contours, the composition of colors, texture or a combination thereof that meets the requirements of novelty and individuality compared with those of the goods previously known to the public. Industrial design is a right that gives the products for which it is intended, a certain visual, aesthetic, ergonomic and practical purpose or a quality of use that distinguishes them from the rest of the products on the market.
Berin LTD offers services in the field of industrial design protection in Macedonia in the following areas .
[In the administrative procedure]
[In judicial protection and enforcement]
For the provision of these services in other countries, we have cooperations with our contractual partners who have the respective national professional power of representation .
Berin International GmbH (branch in Austria) does not offer any of the above services in Austria. These are reserved for a professional party representative. We are happy to name one of our cooperation partners for you.
The Intellectual Property Agency BERIN ® LTD Skopje is an international company that was founded in 1992. Initially, the company primarily served domestic customers and over time it has grown into one of the leading intellectual property protection (IP) companies in North Macedonia and the Southeastern Europe region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Kosovo, Croatia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Cyprus) .
BERIN ® is a specialized company of Macedonian Industrial Property Representatives (patents, industrial designs and trademarks) and European Patent Attorneys.
BERIN ® is an experienced company for filing applications and maintaining patents, industrial designs, trademarks, copyrights and related rights for individuals and companies in the process of transfer of intellectual property rights, technology transfer, franchise, know-how or licensing in North Macedonia, IP Consulting as well as (through a network of experienced colleagues) in the 38 countries, members of the European Patent Organization ( EPO ).
It also provides services to its business partners in the settlement of legal disputes, arbitration, mediation, settlement and advice in the field of intellectual property rights. BERIN ® provides services for the payment of license fees and annuities to authors from all areas of intellectual property rights.
These services are provided by its contractual partners in those countries in which BERIN does not have a professional representation.
In the Austrian branch (Berin International GmbH), only services relating to the European patent office are provided.
In BERIN work experts with differentn profiles, engineers from different areas of technology, as well as lawyers and Macedonian representatives for Intellectual Property and European patent attorneys. In addition to their mother tongue and English, each employee speaks at least one other European language. BERIN ® works according to the established ISO 9001 system for effective and efficient implementation and monitoring of the protection of patents, industrial designs , trademarks and copyrights. The ISO 9001 system is introduced and controlled by TÜV Rheinland and thus offers the partner company optimal protection of intellectual property rights.
Today BERIN ® is a symbol for a committed and successful service that is carried out in the interests of business partners. The assured and continuous growth is the proof and guarantee of the quality and professionalism of the services to our customers and colleagues from all over the world.
The list of domestic and foreign business partners of BERIN is growing steadily and also includes large European, American and Asian companies. BERIN ® is ready for the world's cooperation in the field of intellectual property with agents and companies.
If you are interested in getting in contact with us, we look forward to your inquiry and contact.
1992 : Founding
Georgi Filipov decided to initiate proceedings to establish a company
1993 : Registration
Decision on establishment of enterprise for marketing, research and development BERIN LTD Skopje
1993 : Patents
Filing of the first application for granting patent rights
1994 : Partnership
Liljana Markovska Filipova joined the company as co-owner
1994 : First Industrial Design and Trademark Applications:
Submission of the first application for recognition Industrial Design and Trademark registration
1995 : First PCT Application
Submission of the first international patent of inventor from Republic of Macedonia under the PCT (Treaty Extending Patents)
1996 : Promotion of Inventions
Participation on the International Fair for Inventions and conquering the Grand Prix Eureka 1999
1997 : International Trademarks
First application filed under the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
2001 : International Protection of Industrial Designs
First application before the WIPO under The Hague arrangement for registration of industrial designs
2004 : Representation before the EPO
Start of representation before the European Patent Office
2005 : Representation before the OHIM
Start of representation before the OHIM
2009 : Representation before the EPO
Start of representation before the European Patent Office
2010 : Certification
Implemented and certified system for quality management ISO 9001: 2008
2012 : International Fairs
First solo participation on the International Fair of Intellectual Property in Munich- Visit of deputy director of EPO Mr. Željko Topić at the stand of Berin
2014 : Expansion
Founding of Berin International GmbH in Vienna, Austria
2015 : Software
Introduction of (Paperless) completely electronic administration of procedures
2016 : First Macedonian Patent to EPO
First Macedonian Patent recognised in European Patent Organisation
2017 : 25th Anniversary
11 employees, 2 Offices, 3702 Trademarks, 2954 Patents, 278 Industrial designs and 2500 authors
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Intellectual Property Company Berin DOO, Skopje
Macedonia Street, No. 27-2 / 22, 1000 Skopje, North Macedonia
Phone: +389 (0) 2-3130-367, Fax: 389 (0) 2-3130-398
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Intellectual Property Company Berin DOO, Skopje, is an intellectual property representative in the Republic of North Macedonia and an authorized patent attorney before the European Patent Office (EPO), as well as a member of the Association of Industrial Property Representatives (patents and trademarks) of North Macedonia and international organizations EPI, FICPI, INTA and MARQUES. It is a company that is certified for quality management according to TUV Rheinland, Germany (TÜV, and according to ISO: 9001, with certificate number ID: 9105059285). The professional norms on which the work is based are determined by the Macedonian intellectual property laws (Law on Industrial Property and the Law on Copyright and Related Rights), the EPI Professional Standards (European Patent Institute-EPI) (available at: www.patentepi.org) and the FICPI Professional Code (available at: www.ficpi.org).
Berin International GmbH
Jurekgasse 1/1/11, A-1150 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 (0) 1 8922960, Fax: +43 (0) 1 8922960
Registration number: FN 424569 Т, Commercial Court Vienna
Tax number: ATU70035838
Berin International GmbH consists of European patent attorneys and consultants for intellectual property and technology transfer for southeast Europe. They are members of EPI, FICPI, INTA and MARQUES. Their work is subject to EPI Professional Standards (available at: www.patentepi.com) and FICPI Professional Standards (available at: www.ficpi.org).