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Feb 25, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 3/15)
Methodology for Trademark Examination Adopted
The Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia and Herzegovina has adopted the Methodology for trademark examination which begins to apply from January 1, 2015.

This methodology explains practical implementation of the provisions of the Trademark Law and the Regulations on the Procedure for the Grant of a Trademark. It also serves as an instruction with clarifications and practical examples for conducting procedures before the Institute for Intellectual Property relating to trademark protection.

The methodology can be seen in the local language here


Apr 15, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 5/13)
Accession to Lisbon Act
The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) presents his compliments to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and has the honor to notify the deposit by the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina, on March 22, 2013, of its instrument of accession to the Madrid Agreement for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source on Goods of April 14, 1891, as revised at Lisbon on October 31, 1958, and to the Additional Act of Stockholm of July 14, 1967.

The Lisbon Act and the Additional Act of Stockholm will enter into force, with respect to Bosnia and Herzegovina, on June 22, 2013.


Feb 07, 2012 (Newsletter Issue 2/12)
Accession to Vienna Agreement
The Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina has deposited its instrument of accession to the Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks.

The said Agreement will enter into force on April 19, 2012.

For more information, please click here.

Source: WIPO

Feb 01, 2011 (Newsletter Issue 2/11)
New Trademark Law
Bosnia and Herzegovina has adopted a new Trademark Law, effective from January 1st, 2011.

In accordance with the adoption of the new law, the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia and Herzegovina has adopted a new Book of Rules on Procedures for Trademark Registration

The Book of Rules was published in the Official Gazette in December 2010 and entered into force on January 1st, 2011.


Legal basis is the new Trademark Law (in force since January 1st, 2011).
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a member of the Madrid Protocol. The membership of the Madrid Agreement became effective on January 27, 2009.
Trademark protection is obtained by Trademark registration.
Trademarks which were protected in former Yugoslavia are protected in Bosnia and Herzegovina only, if they have been transcribed until March 1, 2002.
Nice classification, 10th edition
Registrable as a trademark are all distinctive and graphically representable signs, such as words, names, acronyms, letters, numbers, devices, combinations of colours, the three-dimensional form of a good or its packaging and any combination of the mentioned signs.
The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, collective marks and guarantee marks.
The application is filed at the Institute of Intellectual Property Rights of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Offices are in Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka).
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Foreign applicants need a local agent.
A non-legalised power of attorney is sufficient.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination and an examination as to absolute grounds (eg. distinctiveness).
The processing time from first filing to registration or first office action is approx. 1 to 2 years.
After the examination on absolute grounds, the trademark is published in the official Gazette for opposition. Registration is the final step that comes after the opposition period has expired.
The opposition period is 3 months from publication of the trademark application (non-extendable).

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of application. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
The grace period for renewals is 6 months from the expiration date of the trademark.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
If the trademark has not been used within 5 years from registration or has not been used later for 5 consecutive years, it may be subject to cancellation.

Further practical details are available in our publication on this topic here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is BAM 250 for up to three classes and BAM 25.for each additional class.
The registration fee (including 10 years maintenance and Issue fee) is BAM 670 for up to three classes and BAM 60 for each additional class. The publication fee is BAM 25 for up to three classes and BAM 5 or each additional class.

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Živko Mijatovic & Partners d.o.o.
M.H.Uskufije 3
71000 Sarajevo
Tel: +387 33 200 641
Fax: +387 33 218 111

Our law firm was established in 1939 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia as a general practice law firm. It has grown progressively and today, we have ten offices in nine European countries.

Our services are provided through the network of ZMP offices which cover the Balkan Peninsula, Central Eastern Europe as well as the whole EU via our office in Alicante, Spain the home of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM).

Over the last thirty years, the primary activity of our office has been the protection, via prosecution and litigation, of all Intellectual Property rights. Nonetheless, our activity still embraces other fields of law and consequently we are at your disposal to provide you with full range of services in the field of Commercial Law and Corporate Law in all the countries of The Balkans.

Our constant presence in eight different neighbouring countries of the Balkans, allows us to provide our clients with immediate and simultaneous service in two to eight different countries of the region, by simply contacting one of our offices. That is why the services we provide are unique in the region.

Institut za intelektualno vlasništvo Bosne i Hercegovine (BASMP)
Kneza Domagoja bb
88000 Mostar
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tel +387 36 33 43 81
Fax +387 36 31 84 20
Further Office:

Institut za intelektualno vlasništvo Bosne i Hercegovine (BASMP)

Hamdije Cemerlica 2/9
71999 Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tel: + 387 33 652 798
Fax: + 387 33 652 757


World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8