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of the Visegrad Patent Institute 

7th July, 2021

The mission of the Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI) is to help innovative businesses, universities, research institutions and individual inventors in the CEE region to obtain patent protection abroad and to enter the international market safely. 


On the occasion of the 5th anniversary of its operation, and to raise the awareness on the PCT of the players of the innovation ecosystem in our region, the VPI organised an on-line conference with the support of the Ministry for Innovation and Technology and the National Research, Development and Innovation Office of Hungary. 

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We welcome our Serbian Users – Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Intellectual Property Office of Serbia and the Visegrad Patent Institute

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia (IPOSR) and the Visegrad Patent Institute (VPI), furthermore, the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization was duly notified thereon in July 2020.

In the MoU, IPOSR declares that the VPI is a competent International Searching Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) for international applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) by Serbian nationals and residents (Serbian Users).

The appointment to act as ISA and IPEA for Serbian Users is a great honour for the VPI. The signatories to the MoU expect that this new possibility offered for Serbian Users can contribute to the development of the knowledge- and innovation-intensive industries in Serbia, and could have a positive effect on involving research institutions and universities into the innovation ecosystem of the region. Additionally, the MoU opens up a new area of cooperation that can further strengthen the already existing network and good relationships between the industrial and intellectual property offices of our region.

The MoU enters into force on 1 September 2020. As from that date, Serbian Users can choose for their international applications under the PCT the VPI as ISA and IPEA.

We look forward to receiving international patent applications from our Serbian Users!



The Visegrad Patent Institute

organizes an online professional conference

to celebrate the 5th anniversary

of the start of its operations on July 7th, 2021.

The invited speakers come from a broad array of the economy and academy to deliver case studies and have round table discussions about PCT matters. The participants of the online event can gain invaluable insight into the international patent application process through the PCT system and receive useful practical tips about successful patenting strategies.

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