Tue 21 Mar

World Trademark Review recently published the 2019 edition of their annual WTR 1000 guide, a publication that ranks the best trademark firms and individual practitioners from 70 jurisdictions worldwide. MSA IP and its partners Milan Milojevic and Vuk Sekulic have again been acknowledged by the publication. The directory states t…


Fri 14 Oct

Macedonia cancels ADR arbitration for domain name dispute resolution

Until January these disputes were handled by the Macedonian domain name registration authority (MARnet), but sadly, this mechanism was never widely used. The Decision on cancellation of MARnet’s ADR arbitration stipulates that future domain name disputes will be handled by competent courts. Such a solution might be controversi…

Sun 6 Nov

Brexit and IP: Can the experience from former Yugoslavia be applied?

There is one story that might hold an answer to this question – the story of former Yugoslavia. The former Yugoslavia, as from the early 1990s, experienced a long history of fragmentation from what was once known as the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. The first republic of former Yugoslavia to have gained independenc…

Thu 8 Dec

Serbia – Time Limit to File a Trademark Infringement Claim from the Perspective of Domestic Courts

According to the this provision, an infringement claim shall be dismissed should a defendant succeed in proving that it had been conducting an infringing activity for more than three years before a plaintiff became aware of such activity and/or for more than five years before the civil action was filed. Until recently, a defenda…

Tue 14 Mar

Non-use strategies: What you need to know about trademark refiling in Serbia

Non-use of a trademark for more than five years results in its vulnerability to cancellation actions. Refiling a trademark, as an instrument of extension of protection in order to keep the monopoly over the mark of interest, could be used in Serbia under certain conditions. Those conditions refer to the fact that the Serbian Tra…

Fri 14 Apr

The sunrise period for Bulgarian Cyrillic top-level domain is now running

In early February, the registry operator for Bulgaria­, REGISTER.BG, announced the launching of the .бг national top-level domain. This development has been a long-awaited change for Bulgaria, as it will widen the possibilities for the right owners and it will consequently expand the number of Internet users who will now be …

Fri 14 Dec

Philipp Plein v. Rezon Ltd – The first Bulgarian decision related to liability of intermediaries

The breach occurred through the use of these trademarks in the commercial activity of the Respondent which it carries out in relation to the management of the site. As a result of this finding, the Court ordered REZON Ltd. to suspend the use of the PHILIPP PLEIN trademark. The decision is not yet final, but it represents the fir…
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