KOSOVO – Establishment of a Trademark & Patent Office

Kosovo, an enclave in Serbia with an Albanian majority, is presently jointly governed by Provisional Institutions of Self-Government and the UN Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

The future of the province is set to be determined by the end of 2006. A comprehensive legal framework for the self-government for Kosovo was established on May 15, 2001. Since 2001, new laws have been promulgated to replace some of the laws of Serbia, including some laws on intellectual property rights.

The amendments to the law on patents, which would allow the Ministry of Trade to establish a Patent and Trademark Office, are presently being reviewed by the Office of the Prime Minister and are expected to be approved shortly. In addition, the promulgation of a trademark law is expected in the near future.

Once a Patent and Trademark Office is established in Kosovo it will likely be necessary to revalidate the existing IP rights. Like in Montenegro, we anticipate that there will be a 6-12 month time frame within which an IP owner can revalidate their existing IP rights registered under the old union.

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