Patents Trademarks | Industrial Designs | Intellectual Property in Macedonia

Macedonia

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

LEGAL BASIS

  • Industrial Property Law, in force since February 23, 2009.
  • Regulation on Patent, in force since July 24, 2009.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, Stockholm Act, since September 8, 1991.
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), since August 10, 1995.
  • European Patent Convention (EPC), since January 1, 2009.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney, no legalization (can be subsequently filed);
  • Specification with claims (German type) and abstract;
  • Drawings, 3 sets (A4);
  • Priority document, if claimed, to be filed within three months from the filing date.

REMARKS

National Phase of PCT: under Chapter I: 31 months; under Chapter II: 31 months.
Validity: issued after a formal and substantive examination (that has to be requested two years at the latest from the date of submitting the application) - valid for 20 years with a supplementary 5-year period for medical or plant protection products.
Annuities: are due for the third and each following year for patent applications and patents counting from the filing date.
Opposition: not provided for.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Industrial Property Law, in force since February 23, 2009.
  • Regulation on Trade Mark, in force since July 24, 2009.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, Stockholm Act, since September 8, 1991.
  • Madrid Agreement, since September 8, 1991.
  • Madrid Protocol, since August 30, 2002.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney (signed by applicant without legalization);
  • 10 prints (except for word marks), size: max. 8 x 8 cm; 4 color specimens and 6 black and white prints for marks in color;
  • List of goods and services, grouped according to the International Classification;
  • Priority document, if any.

REMARKS

Kinds of protection: verbal*, pictorial, three-dimensional and other designations or their combination. Service marks are registrable. (*Besides the original version, filing of word mark applications in the Cyrillic alphabet is highly recommended.) 
Classification: International.
Obligation to use the registered mark: compulsory. Non-use during any five-year period after the registration date may lead to cancellation.
Duration – renewals: 10-year period after the filing date or last renewal date.
Opposition: provided for. The application is published for opposition, which should be filed within ninety days.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Industrial Property Law, in force since February 23, 2009.
  • Regulation on Industrial Design, in force since July 24, 2009.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, Stockholm Act, since September 8, 1991.
  • Hague Agreement, since March 18, 1997.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney, not legalized (can be subsequently filed);
  • Short description of the model or design, and of the novelty and purpose thereof;
  • 3 sets of photographs or formal drawings;
  • Priority document, if any.

REMARKS

Duration – renewals: after formal examination, valid for 5 years, plus four 5-year extensions of term.
Opposition: provided for, within 90 days of the publication date of the application.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Regulation for the organization and management of MK Macedonian top-level domain names.

FILING

  • ccTLD: .mk
  • Applicant: individuals and legal entities.
  • Local presence: required.

REMARKS

Duration – renewals: one year, renewable.
Uniform dispute resolution procedure: none.

General Information

Area: 25,713 sq. km.
Population: 2,087,171 inhabitants (estimated 2013).
Capital: Skopje, with 600,000 inhabitants.
Language: Macedonian (Cyrillic alphabet).
Currency: Macedonian Denar.

General Remarks

Macedonia used to be a part of former Yugoslavia. The officially named "Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" declared its independence on September 8, 1992. The first national law came into force on July 15, 1993.

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