Patents Trademarks | Industrial Designs | Intellectual Property in Albania

Albania

  • Patents of invention
  • Trade and Service Marks
  • Industrial Designs
  • Domain Names

LEGAL BASIS

  • Law on Industrial Property No. 9947, dated July 7, 2008, in force since February 15, 2009.
  • Law No. 55/2014, dated May 29, 2014, on Amendments and Additions to the Law No. 9947, aligning with EU Directives.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, since October 4, 1995.
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty, since February 2, 1996.
  • European Patent Convention, since May 1, 2010.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney (no legalization);
  • Specification with claims and abstract, 2 copies for translation into Albanian;
  • Drawings, 3 copies;
  • Priority document, if priority is claimed, to be filed upon request of the Patent Office.

REMARKS

National Phase of PCT: under Chapter I: 31 months; under Chapter II: 31 months.
Validity: patent issued after formal examination only - valid for 10 years; after furnishing the examination report issued by a recognized authority, valid for 20 years.
Annuities: are due each year after grant.
Opposition: can be filed with the Board of Appeal within nine months from the date of grant.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Law on Industrial Property No. 9947, dated July 7, 2008, in force since February 15, 2009, as amended.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, since October 4, 1995.
  • Madrid Agreement, since October 4, 1995.
  • Madrid Protocol, since July 30, 2003.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney (no legalization);
  • Prints of the sign to be protected (10);
  • Priority Document, if any.

REMARKS

Kinds of protection: any sign capable of graphic representation is registrable, including personal and company names, designs, letters and numerals, abbreviations, product shape and packings, signs of apparatus: combination of their colors, any combination of the above signs, sound and light signals, 2- and 3-dimensional forms.
Classification: International.
Obligation to use the registered mark: compulsory. If not used within any five-year period after the registration (or last use) date, the mark can be cancelled upon request of an interested party; nominal use (advertising, publications) is accepted in absence of actual use.
Duration – renewals: 10-year period after the filing date or last renewal date.
Opposition: provided for published applications, within a three-month period; a registered trademark can be cancelled during the entire period of validity through a court action filed by any interested party.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Law of Industrial Property No. 9947, dated July 7, 2008, in force since February 15, 2009, as amended.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, since October 4, 1995.
  • Hague Agreement, Stockholm Act, since March 19, 2007, and Geneva Act, since May 19, 2007.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney, no legalization;
  • Drawings, scheme or sample;
  • Description of the design;
  • A declaration including all pertinent data concerning the priority, if any.

REMARKS

Duration – renewals: after formal examination: 5 years. Renewable up to 25 years.
Opposition: provided (as for patents).

LEGAL BASIS

  • There is no specific legislation on country code top-level domain names.

FILING

  • ccTLD: .al
  • Applicant: Albanian organizations and foreign organizations having a legal representative in Albania.
  • Local presence: required.

REMARKS

Duration – renewals: two years, renewable for further two years.
Uniform dispute resolution procedure: none.

General Information

Area: : 28,748 sq. km.
Population: 2,876,600 inhabitants (estimated 2017).
Capital: Tirana, with 418,500 inhabitants (census 2011).
Language: Albanian.
Currency: Lek.

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