June 10, 2014 at 9:31 am
As of April 2014, Montenegro is a part of the Twinning Light project named “Enhancing the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in Montenegro”, whose main beneficiary is The Intellectual Property Office of Montenegro.
Twinning projects aim to provide help and support for transposition, implementation and enforcement of EU legislation to countries dubbed as candidates or potential candidates to EU membership. The objective of this project is to enhance the level of protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) in Montenegro to a level corresponding, or similar to EU legislation. The duration of the project is 8 months, and the overall budget is 250.000 EUR. The EU Member state Project partner is the Danish Patent and Trademark Office.
The project is divided into four components: Institution Building, Legal Alignment, Capacity Building and, maybe the most important of all, Awareness Raising.
Andre Lys, Head of Operations, EU Delegation to Montenegro expressed his sincere pleasure in starting this project, and stated that intellectual property comprises a necessary element to the success of creating a unique market. He also mentioned the importance of raising awareness about the necessity of educating citizens in the matters of industrial and intellectual property. Lys shared the finding of a study from September 2013, which showed the extent to which industries using intellectual property rights contribute to economic growth and employment.
Mister Novak Adzic, Head of The Intellectual Property Office of Montenegro, stated that the Office is continually working on raising awareness of the public about the significance of protecting intellectual property rights. He also mentioned that he hopes to improve the capacity of the Office through this project – educating staff with new skills and getting acquainted with the work of the institutions of Denmark.
Project leader, Kenneth Wright, from The Patent and Trademark Office of Denmark, spoke of the global significance of the protection of intellectual property rights and expressed his excitement with the project start-up and the realization of planned activities.
All involved in the Project are determined to make this project reach its full potential and bring the public a step closer to understanding intellectual property rights.