On the 153rd meeting of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation, held in Munich on 10 October 2017 under the chairmanship of Mr Christoph ERNST (DE), elected Mr António CAMPINOS to succeed Mr Benoît BATTISTELLI as President of the European Patent Office (EPO). Mr CAMPINOS' 5-year term will start on 1 July 2018.
A Portuguese national, Mr CAMPINOS is currently Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). He is also a former President of the Portuguese Patent Institute (INPI). In the latter function, he has been for many years the Portuguese representative on the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation.
On invitation by the "Europa Institute" from "University of Saarland" in Saarbrücken, Germany, prof. Dr. Gjorgji Filipov held a lecture on "Patents" on July 18, 2018. The lecture was part of the Summer School "European Competition Law & Protection of Intellectual Property Rights" (8-21 July 2018), organized for postgraduates and PhD students from the countries of Southeastern Europe and Germany.
During the lecture within three school hours prof. Dr. Filipov focused on the characteristics and challenges of the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the European Patent System, making comparisons with the patent systems of the United States, Japan, Korea and China. Within the framework of his visit to the University of Saarland, prof. Dr. Filipov was introduced to the work of the faculties and institutes of information science and computer engineering at this university (counterpart of the Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering at the University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius”).
Dr. Filipov and the Agency for Intellectual Property BERIN express their gratitude to the European Institute, prof. Dr. Thomas Gegerich (executive director of the institute), prof. Dr. Neda Zdraveva (coordinator of the Macedonian group of participants), to the masters Marijke, Jana, Reg, as well as to the doctoral candidates, Dominique and Janik on the reception and assistance during their stay. A special gratitude to all the attendants of the Summer School for their active participating in the lecture.
The report of Bogoljub Ilievski (IP Attorney in BERIN Ltd.) about the annual meeting in the European Patent Office - Quality Platform (EPI - EPO) has been published in the last edition quarterly magazine of the European Patent Institute. The report can be read at the following page https://information.patentepi.com/issue-2-2018/report-from-pfq-meeting.html
Bogoljub Ilievski is Prsident of the Quality Committee of the European Patent Institute and its representative in the Higher quality advisory body of the EPO.
On June 11, 2018 in Vienna, the President of the Republic of Austria, Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen received a delegation of the "European Academy of Sciences and Arts", led by the President of the Academy, prof. Dr. Felix Unger. The ambassador, prof. Dr. Gjorgji Filipov, Chairman of the Board of the Agency for Intellectual Property "Berin" - Skopje and Director of "Berin International" - Vienna was one of the members of the delegation.
During the meeting, President Bellen held a speech addressing the situation in Austria and the European Union and the current issues it deals with, such as: aligning customs attitudes with the United States, the need for EU enlargement, building a common view on the topic of refugees and asylum seekers, education and science in the EU and the development of democracy and the further unification of Europe. In that sense, Belen said "Europe has many democrats, it's a question, how many of them are real Europeans", (oriented towards Europeanization of the EU, annexed by G.F.). He characterized the Salzburg-based “European Academy of Sciences and Arts” as a true forum that tirelessly spread the idea of a European Union on a scientific and educational plan.
During the meeting, the President of the European Academy Dr. Unger handed over Bellen's invitation to be the patron of the Academy at the next General Assembly in March 2019 which was pleasently accepted. After the official ceremony, a cocktail was organized, and President Bellen talked to the members of the Academy including Dr. Gjorgji Filipov.
The International Trademark Association (INTA) Annual Meeting2018 was held for the 140th time from May 18-25 in Seattle (USA), the city of Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Amazon, Jimi Hendriks, Nirvana and many other glorious companies and individuals who have contributed or marked the development of world industry and culture.
This Assembly was attended by 11000 patent and trademark attorneys from all around the world. The Agency for Intellectual Property BERIN was represented by Vancho Damjanski (Executive Menager) and prof. Dr. Gjorgji Filipov (Founder and Menager of Berin International from Vienna). Prof. Dr. Filipov was also representer of the Faculty of Information Science and Computer Engineering (FINKI) through the work of the committees for professors, academics and workers in the field of intellectual property.
During the INT 2018 the BERIN's representatives attended sixty meetings and took part in the opening of more events as well as the Grand Finale. They also visited the head offices of Boeing, Microsoft, Starbucks, as well as the first and so far the only Amazon Go shop in America, which operates without vendors and cashiers (Amazon Go). They also did not miss to visit the sightings of other landmarks of Seattle and talk to Ms .Tish Berard (the INTTA President) and Axel Nooderman (the Co-President). The crown of these evenets and meeting was the meeting of Vancho Damjanski with the Starbucks executive chairman, Mr. Huard Schulz.
Bogoljub Ilievski, MRIP and EPA, Head of Patent Department at BERIN IP Agency, participated in the Annual Meeting called “Partnership for Quality” at the European Patent Office in Munich, as a member of the European Patent Institute (epi) . He is also responsible person for enforcing the Quality Management System of ISO standard 9001:2008 implemented at the BERIN LTD nine years ago . His experience helped to EPI side, to fruitful exchange of experiences between the responsible directors from the European Patent Organization concerning the implementation of ISO 9001:2008.
He also attended the 85th meeting of the Standing Committee for technical and operational activities in the European Patent Organization (EPO) that was held next day, in Munich (Germany). This Committee has over 100 members (two members from each member states of the EPO as well as associate members countries of this organisation). The European Patent Office was represented by two vice-presidents: Dr. Raimund Lutz, and Mr. Alberto Casado. The composition of this committee is complemented by a representative of EUIPO (Intellectual Property Office of the EU), WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and EPI (European Patent Institute).
The Committee adopted the reports of the groups for cooperation between the Member States in the field of electronic submission of applications, patent classification, quality and information technology.
PATENT * is a set of exclusive rights granted by the state to the patent owner (inventor or holder) for a specified period in exchange for regulated disclosure of certain details of the invention that may be a device, process, method or composition which is new, possessing innovative contribution and usable or industrially applicable.
BERIN LTD. offers services in the field of protection of patents in the following segments:
* PATENT The term derives from the Latin word patere which means "to be open" (to be presented to the public) and the term letters patent, which originally marked the posh decree that gives exclusive rights to a certain person or business.
TRADEMARK is a right of industrial property, which refers to a distinctive sign used by a person, organization or legal entities for marking on their products and/or services to consumers, and to distinguish their products from those of other entities.
[Conducting administrative proceedings]
[Judicial protection and enforcement]
* A trademark usually is consisted of a name, word, phrase, graphic logo, symbol, device, picture, or a combination thereof. Sign ® is used to denote characters that are registered with the Trademark Law, it is equivalent to the TM symbol used for the territory of North America.
Copyright is a term that covers the rights relating to creation, use and use of the copyrighted works and specific expressions of ideas/information.
Copyright work is intellectual work of a person or group of persons in the field of literature, science, arts and other areas of work, regardless of the type, manner and form of expression.
BERIN is a copyright agency that offers to the customers the following services:
* © is a sign that is used to denote the copyrights to the name of their holder, as a warning that their use is possible only with the holder’s consent.
© - is an abbreviation derived from the term "copyright" and literally means "right to copy".
BERIN through its network of representatives, authorized to represent before all administrative and judicial authorities, provides reliable and professional representation to its customers at all stages of realization and protection of the rights of intellectual property. By continuously monitoring on all legislative changes and practice in cooperation with our customers we provide the optimum outcome of any initiated proceedings.
Representation before administrative bodies covers:
* The representatives of BERIN have been involved in the hearings before the court of the European Patent Office (EPO), representing and defending patent specifications from different fields and on behalf of important companies from the region and beyond.
INDUSTRIAL DESIGN is a right of industrial property, which refers to a specific appearance or shape of a body, picture, drawing, contours, composition of colors, texture or combination of them in a way that meets the requirements of novelty and individual character compared to those ones previously familiar to the public. Industrial design is a right that is intended to give the products that are aimed for a certain visual, aesthetic, ergonomic, practical purpose or quality to distinguish them from the rest of the products on the market.
The BERIN Agency in the area of registration and protection of industrial designs offers the following services:
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[Judicial protection and enforcement]
Berin® Intellectual Property Agency is an internationally active company founded in 1992. The company started on a modest scale, providing services primarily for the national market, and over time developed into a leading full-service IP Provider in the Republic of Macedonia and one of the bigest in the region of Southeast Europe.
Berin® IP Agency has its own network of representatives and/or partner offices in: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, EUIPO (EU Intellectual Property Office), EPO (European Patent Office), EAPO (Euro-Asian Patent Office), Germany, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey and Ukraine.
Company's growth resulted in opening of its own office in Vienna (Austria) in 2014 operating as an indipendent IP R&D consulting and patent anuity and renewals watching and administrating firm under the name "Berin® International GmbH" Vienna.
Berin® IP Agency Ltd offers full range of IPR protection to clients from all over the world and is specialized in preparing and filing patent, industrial designs and trademarks applications, copyright and neighbouring's rights protection as well as in the field of technology and know-how transfer, franchising and licensing. The longstanding connections with intellectual property law firms around the globe allow Berin to serve clients creatively and cost-effectively. Many of Berin's attorneys are qualified to practice in several areas and before domestic and international IP offices, including the EPO, EUIPO, EAPO, above mentioned national IP Offices and specialized organizations and offices, including World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which is administrating Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) as well as Madrid Agreement and Protocol for Trademarks and Haag Agreement for Industrial designs.
Berin's employees are experts of various profiles, engineers from different fields as well as attorneys and IP agents. All of them are well-respected local and international IP experts supported by a team of experienced and multilingual paralegal and administrative staff as well as subject matter experts (SMEs) from different fields such as: mechanical engineering, electrical & electronical, software and computers, chemical and pharmaceuticals, enviromental and civil and architectural engineering as well as jurists and lawyers. Constantly, Berin's team is praised for consistently providing quick, reliable and easily comprehensible service to its clients.
Berin's team believs that quality is a prerequisite when working with a service provider. Since its foundation Berin Ltd. has invested and established an effective Quality Management System to plan, conduct and constantly monitor service quality and guarantee customer satisfaction. The Quality Management System conforms to the internationally accepted best practices as defined in relevant security standards, procedures and guidelines, following ISO 9001:2015 certified by TÜV Rheinland.
Berin® Ltd. today is a symbol of loyal, sustainable and price-wise very competitive IP Partner, performing high quality services in the interest of our international customers. Berin is well known as a regional firm that serves a diverse mix of clients, from individuals to world's leading corporations, most of which work directly with us. The majority of Berin clients require its services at a regional level, from a few to over 30 countries. In addition to this, Berin Ltd. has built a reputation of a European IP firm that successfully handles patent, trademark and design filings and related issues before the national ofiices as well as before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), European Patent Office (EPO) and Eauroasian Patent Office (EAPO) under very competitive expenditures.
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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