Trademarks—Kosovo—Q&A guide
Trademarks—Kosovo—Q&A guide

The following IP practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Trademarks—Kosovo—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the primary legislation governing trademarks in your jurisdiction?
  • 2. Which international trademark agreements has your jurisdiction signed?
  • 3. Which government bodies regulate trademark law?
  • 4. Who may apply for registration?
  • 5. What may and may not be protected and registered as a trademark?
  • 6. Can trademark rights be established without registration?
  • 7. Is a famous foreign trademark afforded protection even if not used domestically? If so, must the foreign trademark be famous domestically? What proof is required? What protection is provided?
  • 8. What are the benefits of registration?
  • 9. What documentation is needed to file a trademark application? What rules govern the representation of the mark in the application? Is electronic filing available? Are trademark searches available or required before filing? If so, what procedures and fees apply?
  • More...

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to trademarks in Kosovo published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: August 2020).

Authors: Zivko Mijatovic & Partners—Marija Markićević Pijević

1. What is the primary legislation governing trademarks in your jurisdiction?

The primary legislation governing trademarks is the Law on Trademarks, as well as Law No. 04/L-26/2011 and Law No. 05/L-040/2015 Amending and Supplementing the Law on Trademarks.

2. Which international trademark agreements has your jurisdiction signed?

None, but Kosovo uses the Nice Classification under the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks.

3. Which government bodies regulate trademark law?

The Intellectual Property Agency and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

4. Who may apply for registration?

Article 4 of the Law on Trademarks provides that both local and foreign persons may register trademarks in Kosovo. However, where the applicant is not a national of Kosovo or does not have a registered business seat in Kosovo, such person must apply through authorised representatives. The trademark right is acquired through registration of the trademark in the trademark register maintained by the Intellectual Property Agency.

5. What may and may not be protected and registered as a trademark?

Any sign can be registered as a trademark if:

  1. it can be represented graphically, in particular words – including personal names

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