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Turning ideas into assets


Regional programme on Industrial and Intellectual property Rights in the Western Balkans and Turkey
Implementation period
2008 - 2010
Beneficiary countries
Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovenia, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, including Kosovo (as defined by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 of 10th June 1999), Turkey.
Beneficiary institutions
National Patent Offices in the above mentioned countries.
DKPTO role
Expert Provider


The project purpose is to built on the given assistance to the intellectual and industrial property authorities of the beneficiary countries, in the context of thier preparation for futire European Union membership and to facilitate in these countries the development of harmonised IPR granting and enforcement procedures and systems, in the area of internal markets.


The project addresses the following areas: 

  • Legal harmonisation
  • Information technology (IT) developments
  • National IP strategies and regional cooperation
  • Support to the integration of the beneficiaries in thier effort of assessing the regional IP organisations
  • Awareness raising in the societies


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