Friday, August 11 2023   \  Published by Petosevic .

Slovenia Amends Industrial Property Act

Slovenia Amends Industrial Property Act

The amendments to the Slovenian Industrial Property Act entered into force on July 27, 2023. The amendments aim to harmonize national legislation with the EU and international law, simplify procedures and make them more efficient and affordable.

Trademark-Related Changes

The amendments transpose into national legislation Article 45 of Directive (EU) 2015/2436 to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trademarks. Procedures for revocation and declaration of invalidity will now be initiated before the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO).

These procedures were previously held before the District Court in Ljubljana. The grounds for revocation due to non-use and for the declaration of invalidity remain the same, but the rules for administrative procedure in accordance with the Industrial Property Act and the General Administrative Procedure Act will now apply, instead ofthe Civil Procedure Act rules. These rules somewhat differ, for example, in terms of document delivery, deadlines and costs of proceedings. Read more

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