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Slovenia

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

LEGAL BASIS

  • Industrial Property Act, valid as of November 18, 2006 and November 27, 2013.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, since June 25, 1991.
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), since March 1, 1994.
  • European Patent Convention, since December 1, 2002.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney, no legalization (can be subsequently filed);
  • Specification (to be translated);
  • Abstract of max. 150 words;
  • 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: issued after a formal examination, and valid for 20 years, provided that prior to the ninth year of validity, written evidence that the invention satisfies the novelty and inventive level requirements is presented.
  • Annuities: are due for the fourth and each following year from the Filing date for patent applications and patents counting from the filing date.
  • Opposition: not provided for.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Industrial Property Act, valid as of November 18, 2006 and November 27, 2013.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, since June 25, 1991.
  • Madrid Agreement, since June 25, 1991.
  • Madrid Protocol, since March 12, 1998.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney, not legalized (can be subsequently filed);
  • If the mark is other than a word in block lettering, 6 black and white prints (max. 8 x 8 cm); if the mark is in color, 6 color specimens;
  • List of goods and/or services, grouped according to the International Classification;
  • Priority certificate, if any.

REMARKS

Kinds of protection: verbal, pictorial, three-dimensional and other designations or their combination. 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 against the mark within three months after publication by the owner of an earlier mark on relative grounds.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Industrial Property Act, valid as of November 18, 2006 and November 27, 2013.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, since June 25, 1991.
  • Hague Agreement, since January 13, 1995, Geneva Act, since December 23, 2003.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Power of Attorney, not legalized (can be subsequently filed);
  • 3 sets of photographs (b&w. size: min. 3x3 cm, max. 16x16 cm) or formal drawings;
  • Priority certificate, if any.

REMARKS

Duration – renewals: after formal examination: 25 years from the filing date.
Opposition: not provided for.

LEGAL BASIS

  • There is no specific legislation although some regulations on the organization and management of country code top-level domain names do exist.

FILING

  • ccTLD: .si
  • Applicant: individuals and legal entities.
  • Local presence: not required.

REMARKS

Duration – renewals: one to five years, renewable for like periods.
Uniform dispute resolution procedure: a variation of UDRP is available before the Academic and Research Network of Slovenia.

General Information

Area: 20,251 sq. km.
Population: 2,063,371 inhabitants (April 2016).
Capital: Ljubljana, with 287,000 inhabitants.
Language: Slovenian.
Currency: Euro.

General Remarks

Slovenia used to be a part of former Yugoslavia. The republic declared its independence on June 25, 1991. The former Yugoslav industrial property rights granted prior to April 4, 1992, had to be re-registered at the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office until March 1, 1994. The first Industrial Property Law of April 1992 was replaced by a new Act in 2001, which is in accordance with EU guidelines.
Member of the European Union as of May 1, 2004.

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