Tuesday, November 28 2023   \  Published by EPO.

EPO concludes working agreement on search co-operation with Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO)

EPO concludes working agreement on search co-operation with Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO)

On 4 September, the European Patent Office (EPO) and Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) concluded a working agreement on search co-operation. EPO President António Campinos was welcomed to Slovenia by Mr Matjaž Han, Minister of the Economy, Tourism and Sport, and by SIPO Director Ms Karin Žvokelj. In Otočec, Ms Žvokelj and President Campinos signed the agreement, which aims to help the national office provide its users with high-quality search products in a timely manner. Slovenia becomes the 17th contracting state with which the EPO currently has a working agreement on search co-operation in place.

President Campinos’s exchanges with Minister Matjaž Han continued their discussions of December last year, when Slovenia celebrated its 20th anniversary of joining the EPC and started promoting the Unitary Patent system. Yesterday, they explored the benefits of the working agreement for Slovenian applicants, which becomes effective on 1 January 2024. Mr Campinos commented:

"I am pleased with the remarkable progress made since our last meeting with Minister Han in December. I would like to extend my gratitude to Ms Žvokelj, whose advocacy for the agreement's benefits to Slovenian applicants and dedicated efforts in implementing the necessary legislative and administrative adjustments have made the signing of this agreement possible. This collaborative scheme brings about numerous positive outcomes, notably facilitating access to the Unitary Patent and significantly enhancing opportunities for users." Read more

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