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Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a time frame for filing for a trademark registration?

Applicants need to allot 6 – 8 months for the entire process of registration. More time is needed if the application is being opposed by third parties.

If I register my trademark in Slovenia, do I have protection in other territories?

No. Slovenia is the territorial limit of the protection.

Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

Yes. A power of attorney is required to complete the application.

Are there any benefits from a pre-filing use of the trademark?

Rights to a trademark are primarily established through registration. However, pre-filing use offers minimal benefits such as: 

  • Demonstrate the mark’s acquired distinctiveness
  • Dismiss oppositions based on non-distinctiveness
Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

Not using a registered trademark makes it vulnerable to cancellation.

What are the types of trademark that can be registered in Slovenia?

Marks which are capable of being recreated graphically and adding distinction to the good or service are registrable. 

  • Words
  • Names/personal names
  • 3-dimensional shapes
  • Motions
  • Devices
  • Holograms
  • Colors
  • Sounds
  • Slogans
What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Slovenia?

The process of trademark application in Slovenia in its proper order is as follows: 

  1. Examination – All applications will be examined in terms of:
    • Compliance with the requirements
    • Goods and services must be properly classified
    • The mark is clearly described and easy to understand
    • The mark is distinct or different from others
    • The mark is not deceiving
  2. Publication – Third parties will be given an opportunity to initiate a dispute or opposition. Information about the application will be made accessible to everyone:
    • Mark
    • Applicants’ name and address
    • Applicants’ state/country of incorporation
    • Application’s date and number
    • Goods and/or services
    • Information on priority claim
    • Trademark representation
  3. Registration – If the application was not rejected during the examination phase and if all oppositions are dismissed, the trademark office will then issue the registration certification.
What type of trademark is non-registrable?

The trademark law of Slovenia prohibits the registration of any of these marks: 

  • Marks that are not compatible with moral principles and public order
  • Generic marks and common words
  • Names/flags/symbols of international organizations or nations/regions/states
  • Marks that are lacking in distinctive qualities
  • Names of geographic locations
Does Slovenia use the "Nice Classification" system?

Yes. Nice Classification is effective in Slovenia. A single application is sufficient to allow the trademark to cover multiple classes of goods/services.

Does the Community Trademark apply for Slovenia?

Yes. Slovenia is a European Union member which makes the Community Trademark (currently European Union Trade Mark) registration effective in this jurisdiction.

Is there any possibility to claim priority in Slovenia?

Yes. The home filing date can be recognized as the Slovenia filing date if: 

  • Home country is a signatory of the Paris Convention
  • Home filing date does not exceed 6 months from the date of filing in Slovenia
  • Home country is a WTO (World Trade Organization) member
  • International registration can be based in Slovenia
What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

The mark must be used within 5 years from the date it was registered and there should be no 5-year gap between each genuine use. Use must be on a business scale and must occur in the territory of Slovenia.

Once my trademark has been registered, for how many years will be valid?

Registered marks in Slovenia are valid for 10 years starting from the application date.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date is computed 10 years from the filing of application date.

Is it legal to use my trademark even if it is not yet registered?

Use of unregistered marks for selling goods or services is legal.

Does having a registered trademark in Slovenia afford me any right?

Registration of trademark is mandatory in order for the owners to establish rights.

What is the web address of the trademark national office?

Slovenia’s trademark office is available online via this URL address: www.uil-sipo.si

Is there any need to use my trademark before I apply for registration?

No. Applicants can apply for registration even if they have not used the mark yet.

What are the grounds for a Trademark Application to be opposed?

Applications can be opposed on any of these grounds: 

  • Proprietary rights
  • Unauthorized use of national insignia and / or state emblem
  • Company name rights
  • Personal name rights
  • Registered design rights
  • Registration under a different name such as name of agent or other representatives
  • Notorious mark rights
  • Breach of copyright
  • Misleading/disparaging/deceptive mark
Who can contest my trademark registration?

The following people can contest the registration: 

  • Owners of an earlier conflicting right
  • Owners of a conflicting mark that was registered earlier
  • Owners of earlier rights to a personal name, industrial property, variety of plant, geographical indication, or copyright
  • Owners of a mark that was registered in WTO or Paris Union that was applied for by an agent or representative without the proprietor’s permission
Is it possible to cancel a registration?

Yes. Registered marks are possible to cancel on the grounds of: 

  • Unsatisfied requirements under Section VIII.A.
  • Bad faith
  • Mark is banned in Slovenia
  • Inclusion of a protected emblem or badge
  • Contradiction with moral principles or public policy
  • Inclusion of a geographical indication
  • Generic mark
  • Inclusion of a protected armorial bearing, state emblem or flag
  • Proprietary rights
  • Non-distinctive mark
  • Descriptive mark
  • Misleading/deceptive/ disparaging mark
Are there any rights established by having a registered trademark?

Only the owners of a registered mark in Slovenia can obtain these rights: 

  • Exclusive right to use the mark
  • Right to initiate an opposition case against parties applying for a conflicting mark
  • Right to appeal for the cancellation of conflicting registrations filed at a later date
  • Right to sue third parties for infringing the registered mark
  • Right to accept payment from third parties for infringement
  • Right to license/authorize third parties to use the mark
  • Right to demand from the customs authorities the seizure of counterfeit imported goods
How long is the opposition period?

The opposition period will officially start on the publication date and will end three months after that date.

Is Slovenia a member of the Madrid System?

Yes. Slovenia is a treaty to Madrid Protocol and Madrid Agreement.

Do I need to present periodic statement of use?

No. Trademark owners are not required to file a periodic statement of use.

When should I renew my trademark?

The registered mark must be renewed every 10 years.

What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

The first renewal date is computed 10 years from the filing of application date.

Is there any documentation that should be presented when renewing a trademark?

Documentation is not necessary if the same attorney will renew the mark, but a power of attorney will be required if a different attorney from the initial registration will renew the mark.

If my trademark expires, do I have a grace period?

If the owner fails to renew the mark on time, a grace period of 6 months is available.

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