Prior to his appointment as WIPO Director General, Mr. Tang served as Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). Between 1997 and 2012, before joining IPOS, Mr. Tang held different legal positions within the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore. Mr. Tang also presided as Chair of WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) from May 2017 until his appointment as Director General.
WIPO's member states on May 8, 2020, appointed Mr. Tang by consensus as the Organization's next Director General, following his nomination by the WIPO Coordination Committee in March 2020.
Following his appointment, Mr. Tang laid out his priorities and vision for the Organization going forward, saying that work will be channeled along three themes: inclusiveness, balance, and future-orientation.
Mr. Tang is the fifth Director General of WIPO, following Mr. Gurry of Australia (2008-2020), Mr. Kamil Idris of Sudan (1997-2008), Mr. Arpad Bogsch of the United States (1973-1997) and Mr. Georg Bodenhausen of the Netherlands (1970-1973).
At the 88th Assembly of the Council of the European Patent Institute, organized by professional representatives before the European Patent Office in Munich, held today, June 29, 2020 (online), a new leadership of the Institute was elected, in which on one of the two vice presidential posts was elected the Macedonian and European patent attorney, Mr. Bogoljub Ilievski, director of the Patent Department at the Berin Intellectual Property Agency in Skopje, MK.
The European Patent Institute has about 12,000 European patents attorneys from 38 countries (all EU members, plus Turkey, North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, and San Marino). This election is a great recognition for Bogoljub personally, for the Berin Agency and for all Macedonian patent representatives.
At today's meeting, which was also attended by Prof. Dr. Gjorgji Filipov, founder of Berin IP Agency, one another term in the Disciplinary Commission of the European Patent Institute for the Macedonian and European Patent Representative, Vanco Damjanski, Chief Executive Officer of Berlin was confirmed. Thanks a lot to all colleagues who suported the election!
Congratulations to Bobby and Vane!
Congratulations to all Macedonian Patent Attorneys!
"The purpose of this Inventors' Handbook is to provide you with basic guidance on all the key stages of turning an invention into a commercial product. Or perhaps we should say the key stages of turning an idea into an enterprise, if we are to widen our definition of 'invention' to include novel processes, business methods, social interactions etc. Though invention has traditionally been associated with manufactured products, it is now better understood that new wealth has always been created primarily from new knowledge, or novel uses of existing knowledge.
Although this guide is published by the European Patent Office, its content goes well beyond issues of intellectual property (IP). While IP is undoubtedly essential to the successful exploitation of new ideas, it is only one of several important aspects of innovation."
From the introduction given in the handbook.
For complete content please visit: epo.org
The EPI Council, 87th in a row, was held on November 22 and 23, 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal. About 150 representatives from a total of 12,500 European Patent Attorneys participated, including Marija Kjoseska Ilievska, Head of TM and ID department in BERIN LTD and Bogoljub Ilievski, Head of patent department in BERIN LTD as one of the four delegates from MK.
The seminar under the name “Forum shopping and European patent infringement litigation in a UPC environment, preceded by the work of the Council. The Chairman and Vice-Presidents of EPI, the Secretary General, the Internal Auditors, the Finance Committee, the treasury secretary and other committees were submitted and adopted reports. Furthermore, lively discussion about new proposed budget plan for 2020 as well about new proposed IP Commercialization committee within epi followed.
The said new committee will look into the issues considering IP Valuation and Monetarization, Portfolio optimization, Assignment of IP rights as well Licensing matters. Still, the main event in this Council was presentation given by the EPO president Mr Antonio Campinos concerning EPO strategic plan 2023.
Mr. Campinos additionally was open to discuss and answer the questions from epi delegates mostly dedicated to status of the new measures concerning improving of the quality management system in the EPO.
The debates continued at the participants' dinner, followed by folklore songs and dance performances from Portugal, Berin's representatives did not miss the opportunity to solidify old friendships and business ties and to open up new ones.
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:
[Conducting administrative proceedings]
[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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