Official title of the project

Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights - with emphasis on destruction and pirated counterfeited products

Project information

Website
Region / City
Cities
Serbia
Total budget of programme / project

2.800.000 € EU contribution

IPA 2011

Implementation period
2013. Jun - 2015. Dec
Expected results
  1. Improved legislation for efficient administrative enforcement of IPR has been enacted (procedures for withdrawal, storing and destruction of pirated and counterfeited products)
  2. Institutional structure strengthened and improved capacity of relevant authorities such as Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications, Ministry of Interior, Customs Office and other Stakeholders (professional bodies, Chamber of Commerce, universities, business associations, etc.) for enforcement of IP rights
  3. Upgraded technical capacities of institutions involved in the withdrawal and destruction of the goods violating intellectual property rights in accordance with EU standards
  4. Cooperation on IPR enforcement both within the Republic of Serbia and with the corresponding administrations in Western Balkans and in the EU Member States embedded
  5. Development and uniformisation of statistics in accordance with methodology prepared by the European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy
  6. Public awareness regarding enforcement of Intellectual Property rights improved
Beneficiary

Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications – Sector for Market Inspection

Customs Administration of the Republic of Serbia

Serbian Intellectual Property Office

Ministry of Interior -Department for High-tech Crime Suppression

Partners

Customs Administration of the Republic of Serbia

Serbian Intellectual Property Office

Ministry of Interior -Department for High-tech Crime Suppression

Target Groups

Staff of the relevant beneficiary institutions:  Market Inspection, Customs Administration, Intellectual Property Office, High-tech Crime Suppression department;

Summary of the project

Protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) is globally important for companies operating in market economies. If a company does not protect its innovation everyone is free to copy it and profit from it. Over the last two decades the level of infringements, piracy and counterfeiting has grown globally. These violations pose a serious threat to private companies and innovators whose existence solely depends on the surplus they make through their innovation. In case this development continues it will pose a serious threat to the global economy. Immediate action is needed in order to enhance the procedures related to various aspects of IPR.

Serbia has over the last couple of years made substantial progress in aligning the legislation on IPR to EU standards. The project aims to provide support in further implementation of sector strategies and policies compatible with EU legislation and in line with the EU best practices in the area of protection of intellectual property rights. This project will support the Serbian authorities in enhancing their capacity related to these vital aspects of IPR Enforcement. Additionally modules related to capacity building, data exchange, capacity building and awareness raising activities are also included in the project. Another challenge faced by the Serbian authorities – Market Inspectorate and Customs in particular - relates to detention, storage and destruction of counterfeited goods. 
 

  1. With stronger enforcement of the intellectual property rights protection, Serbian consumers will be offered with products of better quality
  2.  Products safety and consumer protection is top agenda of the Serbian administration
  3. Economic operators can feel the benefit with the improvement of the conditions on the market due to high level of protection of IPR

Programme/Project objectives

1. Develop uniform internal procedures and purchase the necessary equipment for all authorities included in the project, which are involved in the enforcement of intellectual property rights, regarding withdrawal, storage and destruction of pirated and counterfeited products.

2. Strengthen the legal, administrative and institutional capacity of the Ministry of Foreign and Internal Trade and Telecommunications, the Ministry of Interior and the Customs Office for administrative enforcement of legislation regarding enforcement of intellectual property rights.

3. Provide the continuation of EU support for the activities of the Education and Information Centre (EIC) within the Serbian Intellectual Property Office (IPO), regarding the regular training and cooperation organized for the enforcement authorities in Serbia, i.e. Market Inspection, Customs Office, Ministry of Interior and Judicial authorities, as well as the public awareness activities.

More details on project

Technical assistance / Twinning

Name:  Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

Budget: 1.300.000€

Brief summary of the project: The Danish Patent and Trademark Office will assist the Serbian counterparts in upgrading of technical capacities of the institutions involved in the enforcement of intellectual property rights

Supply/Equipment

Name: Upgrading of technical capacities of institutions involved in the withdrawal and destruction of the goods violating intellectual property rights

Budget:1.500.000€

Brief summary of the project: Delegation Agreement is signed with France Expertise Internationale for the supply of 3 specialised machines for the destruction of the counterfeited and pirated goods to the Market Inspection and Customs Administration