INTA ROUNDTABLE IN ALBANIA
First INTA Roundtable in Albania was organized by PETOSEVIC on February 25, 2011.
The topic of the roundtable focused on a very recent and important development in Albania, the Customs Watch.
There were 28 attendees, including small business owners, judges, lawyers, students, professors, patent and trademark agents and representatives from the Albanian PTO and the Albanian Copyright Office.
The speakers included Irma Cami from PETOŠEVIĆ, Genti Cani, director from Albanian Customs and Matthew Lamberti, an Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinator for Eastern Europe from the US Embassy in Sofia. The moderator of the roundtable was Mr. Nika, the director of PETOŠEVIĆ Albania.
In 2007 and 2008, PETOŠEVIĆ served as a local subcontractor to Nathan Associates, a consulting organization from Arlington, VA, to help implement a project of operational and organizational technical assistance to the Serbian Intellectual Property Office. The project was financed by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).
The main goal of the project was to help the Serbian IPO to restructure and develop new operational protocols for processing patents and trademarks in order to become an efficient and financially self-sustaining agency.
PETOŠEVIĆ Romania Project was part of European Union’s PHARE program, which was a financial aid program for the EU candidate countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The project’s objective was to upgrade and harmonize intellectual property rights in Romania and to strengthen implementing authorities responsible for intellectual and industrial property protection.
The ultimate goal of the project was to fulfill all requirements related to intellectual and industrial property development in order for Romania to become EU member state in 2007. It was deemed that a proper and strong system of intellectual property rights protection would have a decisive impact both on the stability and the growth of the business environment in this country.