100th Anniversary of the Intellectual Property Office


Commemorative postage stamps

Year of issue: 2020

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The Intellectual Property Office celebrates this year 100 years of its existence. By the decree of the heir to the throne Alexander I Karađorđević on November 15, 1920, the Administration for the Protection of Industrial Property was established as the first government body whose basic competence was to deal with the protection of patents, trademarks and industrial designs. In November 1920, Janko Šuman, Ph.D of Laws, born in Maribor on December 20, 1867, was appointed the first President of the Administration for the Protection of Industrial Property. While at the head of the Administration, Dr. Šuman laid the foundations for the protection of intellectual property in the then Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. Janko Šuman is the creator of our first Law on Unfair Competition from 1930 and one of the authors of our first Copyright Law from 1929. He stayed at that duty until retirement on October 28, 1937. Among the temporary members of the Аdministration, we find one of the greatest Serbian scientists of all times, Milutin Milanković, full time professor at the University of Belgrade.

The Office actively cooperates with all the state institutions dealing with intellectual property in the Republic of Serbia, and with his work he contributes the economic development of our country. The Office also elaborates legislation in the field of intellectual property, conducts activities of training for the economy and the academic world, represents our country in the most important international institutions such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the European Patent Organization (EPO).

Motifs on stamps:

The building in Krunska Street 14, the first seat of the Administration for the Protection of Industrial Property, from November 1921 to April 1929 and a portrait of Dr. Janko Schuman, the first president of the Administration.
Тhe first ever patent registered in Serbia in 1921: Device of the Cauldron for the Production of Brandy, made by the inventor Milan T. Jovanović, producer of cauldrons from Novi Sad.
Pirot carpets: Rasic's pattern, Doves on the pole, Covers, Bombs and Wreaths.
Current building of the Intellectual Property Office – situated in Kneginje Ljubice Street 5 (ex Zmaj Jovina 15) in Belgrade.
Expert collaboration: Biljana Jovičić, Intellectual Property Office, Head of the Registry Department.

Artistic realisation of the issue: MA Marija Vlahović, academic graphic artist.

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