Patents Trademarks | Industrial Designs | Intellectual Property in Croatia

Croatia

  • Patents of invention
  • Trade and Service Marks
  • Industrial Designs
  • Domain Names

LEGAL BASIS

  • Patent Law of the Republic of Croatia, effective as of January 1, 2004, last amendment effective as of June 29, 2013.
  • Patent Rules, effective as of November 14, 2007, last amendment effective as of July 4, 2013.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, since October 8, 1991.
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), since July 1, 1998.
  • European Patent Convention (EPC), since January 1, 2008 (designation of Croatia is possible as of April 1, 2004).

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney, no legalization;
  • Specification and abstract (German type);
  • Drawings, if any;
  • Certified copy of the priority application(s), if any.

REMARKS

National Phase of PCT: under Chapter I: 31 months; under Chapter II: 31 months.
Validity: patent issued after formal examination and substantive examination (to be requested) - valid for 20 years. Consensual Patent (as of January 1, 2000): issued after a formal examination - valid for 10 years.
Annuities: are due for the third and every subsequent year counting from the filing date of the application.
Opposition: after the publication of a patent application, anyone may, within six months, file with the Office an objection to the grant of a consensual patent or a request for the substantive examination; after grant, at any time.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Trademark Law of the Republic of Croatia , effective as of January 1, 2004, last amendment effective as of May 7, 2011.
  • Trademark Rules, effective since November 14, 2007, last amendment effective as of October 10, 2013.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, since October 8, 1991.
  • Madrid Agreement, since October 8, 1991.
  • Madrid Protocol, since January 23, 2004.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney, not legalized;
  • 2 prints (except for word marks), size: min. 1.5 x 1.5 cm, max. 8 x 8 cm;
  • List of goods and services, grouped according to the International Classification;
  • Priority certificate, if any.

REMARKS

Kinds of protection: verbal, pictorial, three-dimensional and other designations or their combinations. Service marks are registrable.
Classification: International.
Obligation to use the registered mark: compulsory. Non-use during any five-year period after the registration date may lead to cancellation.
Duration - renewals: 10-year period after the filing date or last renewal date.
Opposition: can be filed at the Office within three months after the publication of the trademark application, and a cancellation action can be initiated any time after the registration of the mark.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Industrial Design Law of the Republic of Croatia effective as January 1, 2004, last amendment effective as of May 7, 2011.
  • Industrial Design Rules, effective as of June 1, 2004, last amendment effective as of October 10, 2013.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, since October 8, 1991.
  • Hague Agreement, Geneva Act, since February 12, 2004.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney, not legalized;
  • Specification of the model without claim, but the novelty has to be pointed out in the specification;
  • A photograph or graphical representation of the design, size: from 3 x 3 cm to 16 x 24 cm;
  • Certified copy of the priority application, if any.

REMARKS

Duration – renewals: after a formal examination: 5 years from the filing date with four renewal periods of 5 years up to the total term of 25 years.
Opposition: possible after registration, any time.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Regulations on the organization and administration of the top-level national internet domain, effective from July 2010.

FILING

  • ccTLD: .hr
  • Applicant: individuals and legal entities.
  • Local presence: required.

REMARKS

Duration – renewals: one year, renewable.
Uniform dispute resolution procedure: none.

General Information

Area: 56,594 sq. km.
Population: 4,284,889 inhabitants.
Capital: Zagreb.
Language: Croatian.
Currency: kuna.

General Remarks

Croatia used to be a part of former Yugoslavia. The republic declared its independence on October 8, 1991. The former Yugoslav industrial property rights filed at the Yugoslav Patent Office before that date, could be re-registered at the Croatian Intellectual Property Office until their respective renewal dates.

Member ot the European Union as of July 1, 2013.

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