Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Intellectual Property Office of Serbia and the Visegrad Patent Institute

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia (IPOSR) and the Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI), furthermore, the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization was duly notified thereon in July 2020.
In the MoU, IPOSR declares that the VPI is a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for international applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) by Serbian nationals and residents (Serbian Users).
The appointment to act as ISA and IPEA for Serbian Users is a great honour for the VPI. The signatories to the MoU expect that this new possibility offered for Serbian Users can contribute to the development of the knowledge- and innovation-intensive industries in Serbia, and could have a positive effect on involving research institutions and universities into the innovation ecosystem of the region. Additionally, the MoU opens up a new area of cooperation that can further strengthen the already existing network and good relationships between the industrial and intellectual property offices of our region.
The MoU enters into force on 1 September 2020. As from that date, Serbian Users can choose for their international applications under the PCT the VPI as ISA and IPEA.
We look forward to receiving international patent applications from our Serbian Users!