Copyrights and patents

Standards and other standardization documents (technical specifications, technical reports, instructions, etc.), as unofficial texts (unlike official texts which do not have copyright protection), are original and unique literary works protected by the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, as well as copyright laws in the countries of their origin.

According to Article 12 of the Law on Standardization of Bosnia and Herzegovina („Official Gazette of BiH“, No. 19/01), BiH standards and other standardization documents are published as separate publications. Copyrights for BiH standards and other standardization documents belong to the Institute in accordance with the Law on Copyright and Related Rights („Official Gazette of BiH“, No. 63/10) and the Rulebook on the Exercise and Protection of Copyrights in Standards and Standardization Documents ("Official Gazette of BiH", No. 18/22), which regulate copyright and related rights. Reproduction, in whole or in part, as well as distribution of BiH standards and other standardization documents are allowed only with the consent and in accordance with the rules of the Institute.

As a full member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), an associated member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), an associated member of the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), the Institute has statutory, contractual, and moral obligations to promote and improve the legal and prevent unauthorized use of their publications in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which are protected by copyright, as well as their business names and distinctive signs protected by trademarks (trademark rights).

The Institute has the right and obligation to take appropriate commercial and other measures, and when necessary, legal actions, to protect its intellectual property, the intellectual property of international and European standardization organizations, as well as the intellectual property of national standardization bodies of other countries with which the Institute has signed relevant commercial contracts or agreements.