Annual Technical Report 2013 on Industrial Design Information Activities submitted by Serbia (CWS/ATR/ID/2013/RS)


Where URLs are requested below, it is preferred that either URLs which are likely to remain stable over time (three years or more) are provided, or home (main) page URLs are provided with a short explanation of how to access the corresponding information.

The expression "industrial designs" covers industrial designs and models. Offices which issue design patents should report their design patent information activities in this series of Annual Technical Reports.



Statistics: changes in terms of application filings and grants (registrations) with respect to previous year; trends or areas experiencing rapid changes

Of the total number of 408 industrial design applications filed in 2013, 284 applications were filed by foreign applicants under the Hague Agreement. Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs, while 124 applications were filed directly with the IPO by domestic and foreign applicants (of which 28 were multiple applications, making a total of 208 industrial designs).

Field Industrial Design Applications:

Year Hague Agreement National applications Total
Foreign Domestic

2011 - 280 24 78 382
2012 - 343 22 66 431
2013 - 284 30 94 408

The year 2013 saw the registration of 350 industrial designs, of which
293 were, registered in accordance with the Hague Agreement, and 57 on the basis of applications filed directly with the IPO.

Registered Industrial Design Applications:

Year Hague Agreement National applications Total
Foreign Domestic
2011 - 255 19 60 334
2012 - 319 19 49 387
2013 - 293 19 38 350

Compared to 2012, the number of applications filed directly with the IPO in 2013, increased by 36 (40.91%). The number of applications filed under the Hague Agreement was 284, which was by 59 less than in 2012 (17.2%).

Other matters and useful links (URLs): annual report of the Office, news page, statistics, etc.

URLs of web pages of the Office's website that provide annual report of the Office in English in Serbian

URLs of web pages of the Office's website that provide statistics related to industrial designs in Englishстатистика.23.html in Serbian


Information and support provided by the Office to applicants regarding filing on paper and/or e-filing (instructions, seminars, etc.) – URLs

All relevant data considering industrial design protection in Republic of Serbia are on our web site on . That includes most frequently asked questions, design legislation, guidelines and forms, fees, statistics and reports.
National database of industrial designs is on our web site as well.

Availability of the application dossier in electronic form

Application dossiers are not available by the official website of the IP Office. In the future the plan is to develop an electronic Industrial design register, similar to the one we did for trademarks.
Application dossiers are stored in paper form according the application number.

Classification and reclassification activities; classification system used, e.g., International Classification for Industrial Designs (Locarno Classification), other classification

Classification and reclassification activities; Classification system used, e.g., International Classification for Industrial Designs (Locarno Classification), other classification (please indicate whether industrial designs are classified by your Office and, if so, which classification is used).
The Intellectual Property Office of Serbia uses the International Classification for Industrial Designs (Locarno Classification) since 1973. All the documents are classified according to class and subclass of the Locarno Classification. Now the IPO uses and classifies according to the last edition of the Classification.
The classification is used for the novelty examination search, for commercial search and for statistics.


Main types of publications in the field of industrial design information, outline of the content (industrial design applications, design patents, registrations, etc.) and medium (on paper, on CDs, online – URLs)

Intellectual Property Office of Serbia publishes registered national industrial designs on CD-ROM, 6 times a year.

Official Gazettes: main types of announcements, frequency of publication, medium (on paper, on CDs, online - URL), etc.

Design are published in the Intellectual Property Gazette contained bibliographical data and graphical presentations or images of the industrial design registrations. The Intellectual Property Gazette, in the part referring to industrial designs, is prepared by means of computer using an IPAS system. The following information and bibliographical data concerning registered domestic and international Industrial Design are published in the Intellectual Property Gazette – registration number, application number, filing date, registration date, date of granted priority right, validity date, information on the holder of title, information about the design has been registered. Industrial designs are published in grayscale technique and color technique.

Information products (coverage, medium, etc.) available to examiners, including external documentation and databases

Examiners use national data base of design applications and registered designs and also use IPAS, internal data base which contains more information available through workflow.

Information products (coverage, medium, etc.) and services available to external users; conditions of access (e.g., free of charge, subscription, etc.)

The information services available to the public through the Office are as follows:
-Search according to the year of filing of the application,
-Search according to the applicant,
-Search according to the holder of rights,
-Search according to the application number,
-Search according to the registration number,
-Search according to classes
-Search according to the title of the product
-Combination of the above mentioned

Information on the registered industrial designs in Serbia is available on the site of the Office.
URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide information such as: filing, publication, examination and registration procedures related to industrial designs in English in Serbian
URLs of web pages of the Office’s website that provide forms and instructions related to industrial designs in Englishобрасци-и-упутства.20.html in Serbian

Legal status information (kind of information, coverage, medium, etc.)

Legal status information is available in paper form.


Specific software tools supporting business procedures within the Office: general description, characteristics, advantages, possible improvements

IPAS (Industrial Property Administration System) – acquired from WIPO

Hardware used to supporting business processes of the Office

Intranet network of Windows OS working stations, Windows (2003 R2 STD, 2010 R2 STD) based servers (Fujitsu servers, RAID controlled disks, three tiered architecture with Oracle as database server and JAVA application server
Internet access is achieved through direct optical connection to the provider at 20Mbit/sec, 2xCisco ASA 5510 in active/standby firewall configuration.
IPAS server - FujitsuSiemens Primergy TX200 server, 4GB RAM memory, 5x146GB hard disks in RAID 5 configuration, 2 NICs. MS Windows 2003 R2 Server Standard Edition, application software is IPAS (proprietary), database is Oracle.

Internal databases: coverage, updates, interlinks with external sources

Oracle database, IPAS case management system.

Establishment and maintenance of electronic search file: file building, updating, storage, documents from other offices included in the search file

MySQL database that is regularly updated, periodically, by transferring/converting appropriate dataset from internal Oracle database. Available for external use via hyperlink on IPO web site.

Other matters

General information related to industrial design are posted to IPO web site by employees of design group by means of CMS software.


Office’s library (if deals with industrial design information): equipment, collection management, network of libraries in the country, cooperation with foreign libraries

Office library is a member of the COBISS system which represents an organizational model of joining libraries into a national information system with shared cataloguing, the COBIB union bibliographic/catalogue database and local bibliographic databases of participating libraries, the COLIB database on libraries, the CONOR authority database, and with a number of other functions. Functioning of the system is preconditioned by the following professional outlines and technological assumptions:
-standardized and shared cataloguing of library materials as well as a uniform management of catalogues and bibliographies,
-adequately skilled cataloguers,
-linking of libraries via computer and communications network.
Each national library information system built on the COBISS platform is co-created by the national COBISS center and the libraries as members of the system.
COBISS (Co-operative Online Bibliographic Systems and Services) is a model of a system representing the platform for the national library information systems in Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Bulgaria and Albania. All these systems are interconnected into the COBISS.Net regional network.

Publications related to different business procedures and industrial design information sources available to users, for example, books, brochures, Internet publications, etc.

Various publications related to industrial design such as studies, brochures, newsletters and leaflets are available in paper form or in electronic form on the IPO website

Cooperation with universities, technology and innovation support centers, etc.

The Education and Information Center was founded in January 2010 with the aim of raising general awareness and developing professional skills in the field of intellectual property.Оffers a whole range of services in the area of intellectual property helping to upgrade Serbia’s innovation capacities, vigorously supporting the development of its economy as one that is competitive, dynamic and knowledge-based. The fundamental principles guiding the EIC in its work are transparency, objectivity, openness and completeness.
Stimulating universities and other public research institutions to be more active in protecting and exploiting IP EIC held 18 seminars for professors, researches and students attended by 686 participants.

Education and training: training courses, e learning modules (URLs), seminars, exhibitions, etc.

EIC has developed a range of different type of seminars for different stakeholder groups. Lectures can be tailor made. Also, the IPO is equipped with the modern public library, and the premises for seminars and educational purpose.

In course of 2013 Education and Information Center held 78 seminars with different level of expertise for: SMEs, SMEs support institutions, institutes, universities, enforcement institutions and general public with 1841 participants.
Beside the regular consultancy on daily basis, EIC had 12 Open door events, once a month for consultancy in groups.

IPO had a stand at the following fairs:
- Science is not a bogeyman, Nis March 2013
- International Agricultural fair in Novi Sad, May 2013
- INOCOOP Fair of entrepreneurship in Zrenjanin - August 2013
- TESLA FEST in Novi Sad -the biggest inventor's exhibition in Serbia, October 2013
- Trade fair in Nova Pazova, October 2013
- Trade fair in Paracin, October 2013
- Business database fair in Belgrade, November 2013

At three trade fairs IPO participated with the lectures upon invitations from organizers.

On several occasions, the experts from the Group for designs and geographical indications gave interviews in the daily papers and specialized magazines on the importance and procedure of protection of industrial designs.

Other activities

In 2013, Intellectual Property Pre-diagnosis was provided to 46 business companies which were 44% more than in previous year. The aim of this service was to show to the business companies the possibilities of the improvement of competition on the market by using and managing own resources of intellectual property. Business companies for which this service has been provided belong to the different fields in industry, and most of them were in the field of food and dietary supplements, metal industry, construction, chemical and textile manufacturers.


International exchange of industrial design information in machine-readable form (e.g., Official Gazettes)

The Office has received gazettes from the following countries: Czech Republic and Belarus in paper and from Bulgaria, Belarus, Slovenia, Russia, China and Ukraine on CDs.

Participation in international or regional activities and projects related to industrial design information

The officials of the IPO participated at the 8th Liaison Meeting on Technical cooperation and 12th Liaison Meeting on Designs in the OHIM.