6 Jan
2014

IP protection: keeping up with developments and raising awareness

Over the past five years in Albania, significant legal amendments, government decisions, orders and regulations, and court cases have raised the awareness of Albanian businesses and consumers regarding the importance of IP protection. The Albanian General Directorate of Patents and Trademarks (ALPTO) is responsible for IP protection in Albania. Its activities include: • examining and registering industrial designs, trademarks and geographical indications; • issuing patents and utility models; • preparing draft laws and regulations regarding intellectual property; and • representing the Albanian state before the courts, other institutions and international organisations in respect of IP matters.