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AmCham Hosts Tenth Intellectual Property Rights Conference

Advocacy Events

11.12.2012. | Aranđelovac, Hotel Izvor

AmCham attracted over 120 experts and enforcement authorities in charge of Intellectual Property (IP) protection from Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia, aiming to share successful examples of regional best practices

Minister of Justice Selaković recognized room for improvement in judicial protection of IP rights and suggested the concentration and specialization of courts and judges for IP cases. EU Delegation Ambassador Degert agreed on court specialization and added that further efforts should be deployed to improve enforcement.

Key challenges to intellectual property protection encountered in the region include inefficient legal protection, the low level of coordination among various agencies protecting intellectual property, inadequate awareness regarding the consequences of breaching intellectual property rights and insufficient cross-border coordination of enforcement authorities. Some of the best examples and practices in countering such challenges are: a court in Slovenia specialising exclusively in intellectual property rights cases, establishment of a coordination body for exercising intellectual property rights in Macedonia, campaigns for educating consumers in Croatia, and campaigns focused on the younger population in all the countries of the region including inclusion of IP awareness in school curricula. Special emphasis was given to the need for better cooperation by relevant bodies in the region and modernisation of the regulations in this area, aimed at keeping pace with technological advances.

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One of the major problems in this area in Serbia is unbalanced, slow and often inefficient legal protection. Following the example of Slovenia, the solution lies in specialised courts and judges for these cases. It is necessary to enable more efficient procedures for presenting evidence in cases of high-tech crime. What is also necessary is more efficient access to information on temporarily impounded goods at customs facilities, which includes photographs of confiscated items and sending them to the holder of the rights by e-mail for faster identification of counterfeited products. This would significantly reduce costs and speed up the procedure for identifying goods suspected of breaching intellectual property rights. A special problem is an uncoordinated approach towards destruction of confiscated goods, resulting in high and increasing costs of storage for the state administration.