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Архив новостей

02.02.2011
Архив новостей, СНГ и Восточняя Европа

Новые законы о промышленнной собственности в Боснии и Герцеговине


The following new set of laws on industrial property in Bosnia and Herzegovina has been adopted and is in force since 1st January 2011:

  • Law on Trademarks,
  • Law on Patents,
  • Law on Industrial Designs,
  • Law on Geographical Indications,
  • Law on Protection of Topographies of Semiconductor Products.


The following are the most important changes introduced by this new set of laws:

Law on Trademarks

  • The Bosnian Patent and Trademark Office conducts formal examination and examination as to absolute grounds for refusal of protection of trademark applications.
  • Applications are published, and third parties are entitled to lodge a complaint (based on absolute or relative grounds) within three months from publication of the application.
  • Certificates of Registration are compulsory.

Law on Patents

  • The Bosnian Patent and Trademark Office conducts formal examination and publishes patent applications.
  • Divisional applications are permitted.
  • Within six months from the publication, the applicant must file one of the following     requests:
  • for substantial examination (which is  conducted by the Office or in cooperation with approved authorities),
  • for substantial examination by filing documents of evidence (which are issued by approved PCT- or other authorities),
  • for deferring substantial examination and obtaining a consensual patent.
  • Requests for obtaining consensual patents are published, and third parties are entitled to lodge a complaint within six months from publication of such request.
  • Consensual patents are valid for 10 years (from the filing date); during this period a request for substantial examination can be filed at any time.
  • Patents which underwent substantial examination are valid for 20 years (from the filing date).
  • Certificates of Registration are compulsory.
  • Supplementary Protection Certificates for patents are permitted.


Law on Industrial Designs

  • The Bosnian Patent and Trademark Office conducts formal examination and examination     as to absolute grounds for refusal of protection of industrial design applications.
  • Applications are published, and third parties are entitled to lodge a complaint (based on absolute or relative grounds) within three months from publication of the application.
  • Divisional applications are permitted.
  • Certificates of Registration are compulsory.
  • Designs are initially registered for five years and can be renewed four times by a five-years period (i.e. the maximum term of validity is 25 years).