IP Updates Kosovo: Original, Notarized PoA Required for Each Action before Kosovo IPO

As of June 8, 2016, the Kosovo IPO does not accept any action if not accompanied by an original Power of Attorney (PoA). Alternatively, a notarized copy of the original is acceptable. Kosovo notary public will only certify a copy if the original is notarized in the country of origin. Therefore, we recommend that each PoA sent, as of now on, is notarized.

This change applies to all filings before the Kosovo IPO, such as new applications, renewals, responses to office actions, oppositions, recordals, or any other action before the IPO.

Therefore, scanned copies of PoAs will not suffice to meet any deadline or obtain a filing date.

The new practice was adopted without any prior notification other than an email announcement that the local IP agents received on June 8 from the IPO.

Whereas we consider that this new practice is not in accordance with the local regulations and hope the IPO will inevitably change it in the future, we have to comply with it for now to ensure that our client's applications are accepted.

In this regard, we have to ask our clients to send us an original, notarized PoA with filing instructions of any nature. As mentioned, we will be able to produce notarized copies locally, but only based on an already notarized original.