On 16.12.21 was held a panel discussion entitled "Intellectual Property Rights (IP) in boosting to trade and investments" within the Conference "CEFTA Week 2021 - 15 years of trade", which took place in Skopje, MK from 13-16 December 2021. This panel was addressed by prof. Dr. Gjorgji Filipov, founder of the Agency "Berin"; Mladen Vukmir, MA, Head of the CEFTA IPR Project (Zagreb); Jasmina Suljović, Lawyer (Sarajevo); Ignacio de Medrano Caballero, Head of the Office for International Cooperation, European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), (Alicante); Dragana Ranitović, Director of IP, Ministry of Economic Development, (Podgorica) and Marija Božić, Institute of IP, (Belgrade). The discussion was moderated by Aurelia Iseanu from the Secretariat of the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) (Brussels).
Marija Kjoseska, M.Sc. eng. arch., Macedonian and European patent attorney and B.Sc. eng. Bogoljub Ilievski, Macedonian and European Patent Attorney and Vice President of the European Patent Institute (EPI) as representatives of the BERIN Agency actively participated in the debate on the proposed first version of the "National Intellectual Property Strategy (2022-2026) of MK". Among other things, they stressed the need for electronic filing of applications before the State Office of Industrial Property (SOIP) and the need for changes in the laws and bylaws of the "Law on Industrial Property", which will contribute to improving the procedures for acquiring the rights of industrial property (patents, trademarks and industrial designs).