On 28 May 2008, the Intellectual Property Office of Montenegro commenced operations upon the dissolution of the Union of Serbia and Montenegro.
The new Trademarks law, which entered into force on 16 December 2010, stipulates that trademarks registered in the Intellectual Property Office of Serbia and Montenegro or in the Intellectual Property Office of Serbia before 28 May 2008 are considered valid in Montenegro, provided that the trademark holder submits an application for the recognition of the trademark with the Montenegrin Intellectual Property Office.
Please note that trademarks for which the following applications have already been submitted with the Montenegrin Office are granted an exemption from the obligation of filing the request of recognition:
- Renewal applications.
- Request of transfer of rights; and
- Change of name and address applications.
16 December 2011 is the deadline for filing an application for recognition with the Montenegrin Office, otherwise, trademark registrations will be considered invalid in the territory of Montenegro.
For more information please contact our head office at [email protected].