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Slovakia (SK)

Oct 06, 2022 (Newsletter Issue 14/22)
Digitisation of IP Office’s Trademark and Design Files Completed
On 25 August 2022, the Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic (SKIPO) successfully completed the digitisation of its paper files relating to trademarks and designs under the ECP5 project: Capture and Store Historical Files (CSHF).

The CSHF subproject, carried out within the framework of the European Cooperation Projects, aims at digitising paper files at all EU national intellectual property offices to enable easy and rapid access to documentation and data related to trademark and design files.

The digitisation process began in May 2021 and concluded towards the end of June 2022. A total of 42,453 files have been scanned and digitised.


Oct 20, 2021 (Newsletter Issue 15/21)
Slovak City Certified as Authenticity
On September 29, 2021, the city of Banská Bystrica (Slovak Republic) became the fifth certified ‘Authenticity’, following the Authenticities of Thessaloniki, Sofia, Plovdiv and Mykonos.

Authenticities is an initiative designed to empower authorities at a local level to engage citizens and partner organisations across the EU in the fight against counterfeiting, with a view to creating a European Network of Authenticities.

This European Cooperation Project aims to raise awareness of both the value of IP, and the damage caused by counterfeiting in European cities among local policymakers, businesses and, ultimately, the European public.


Jan 31, 2019 (Newsletter Issue 1/19)
Notification on Common Regulations on Division/Merger of International Registrations
The Government of Slovakia has notified WIPO with new Rule 27ter(2)(b) of the Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and the Protocol Relating to that Agreement (the Common Regulations), which will enter into force on February 1, 2019.

Slovakia has declared that new Rule 27ter(2)(a) of the Common Regulations will not apply in Slovakia. As a result, its Office will not present to WIPO requests for the merger of international registrations resulting from division under this new Rule.

More information on the notification is available here

Sep 03, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 12/13)
Online Filing Now Possible
The Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic provides its clients a new service - electronic filing of trade mark applications from July 1, 2013. The Office thus confirmed one of its priorities - providing on-line services in favour of an effective proceeding for each type of industrial property subjects. The project was co-funded by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) located in Alicante.

The service is available on here by clicking on TM eFiling.

At present the filing is not possible to be signed by an electronic signature/guaranteed electronic signature, therefore it is necessary to file the written form of an application within one month. Otherwise such filing shall be deemed not to be filed. Discount of the fee for filing shall not be applied for filing a trade mark application.


Apr 01, 2010 (Newsletter Issue 9/10)
Accession to the Singapore Treaty
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) informs of the deposit by the Slovak Republic of its instrument of accession to the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks. The Treaty will enter into force on May 16, 2010.


Legal basis is the Trademark Act no. 506/2009 on Trademarks of October 28th, 2009, in force since January 1st, 2010.
The Slovak Republic is a member of the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol, TRIPs, Paris Convention, WIPO Convention, Trademark Law Treaty and Nice Agreement. Since May 1st, 2004, the Slovak Republic has been a member of the European Union. Trademark protection is obtained by registration.
Nice classification, 11th edition
A trademark may be any sign, in particular words, including personal names, colours, drawings, letters, numbers, the shape of a product or its packaging, or sounds if it is capable to
(a) distinguish the goods or services of one person from the products or services of another person and
(b) be represented in the trade mark register in a way that the competent authorities as well as the public may recognize the subject of protection precisely.

The following trademark types are registrable: trade marks, service marks and collective marks, certification marks.

Protectable non-traditional trademarks: 3-D, colours, holograms, pattern, position, motion, audio visual, sound marks, certification marks. This list may be not be exhaustive.
The application is filed at the Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic.
Multiple-class applications are possible.
Applicants without a registered seat/permanent residence in the Slovak republic need a local agent except for natural persons who are nationals of a member state of the EU or EEA and legal persons with headquarters or the seat of their enterprises in a member state of the EU or EEA. Such party to the proceeding has to notify to the Office about the delivery address in the territory of a member state of the EU or EEA.
A non-legalised power of attorney is sufficient. Scan copy is enough.
Foreign applicants do not need a domestic registration.
The application process includes a formal examination, an examination of distinctiveness , the prior trademarks are no longer checked during the examination. Signs not deemed distinctive in the examination can be registered if distinctiveness is proven through use before filing the trademark application.
Disclaimers - the exclusion of non-distinctive elements from the scope of protection of a mark - were abolished by the changes to the Act as of January 14, 2019.
After the examination, the trademark application is published for 3 months in the monthly “Official Gazette of Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic". The duration from first filing to publication or first office action is approx. 4-5 months. At the end of the opposition period, the trademark is registered and published if no opposition has been filed or opposition has been rejected.
The opposition period is 3 months from publication of the trademark application in the Official Gazette (non-extendable).

Details regarding the Opposition Period against designation of IR Mark are available in our publication on this topic here
Protection begins with the date of registration. However, the trademark owner may also claim the damages caused by actions committed after the date of publication of the application. A trademark registration is valid for 10 years from date of application. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.
Practical details on grace periods for trademark renewals are available in our publication here
Practical details on trademark use requirements are available in our publication here
The official fee for filing a trademark application is EUR 166 for up to three classes and EUR 20 for each additional class. In case that a trademark application is filed via electronical mail the official fee for filing is EUR 96 for up to three classes and EUR 10 for each additional class. There are no official fees for registration and publication of a trademark application.

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Practical details on trademark licensing are available in our publication here
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More in-depth details are available for the following aspects:

     General Trademark Regulations
     Trademark Use Requirements
     Grace Period for Trademark Renewal
     Trademark Licensing

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Jun 22, 2023
Rott, Růžička & Guttmann a spol., Praha 4, Czech Republic  

Rott, Růžička & Guttmann a spol.

Vladimír Rott

Vladimír Rott
Vyskočilova 1566
140 00 Praha 4
Czech Republic (CZ)
Tel +420 233 370 084
Fax +420 233 382 263

The Rott, Růžička & Guttmann Patent, Trademark and Law Office was founded in 1990. It is a leading intellectual property firm serving domestic and foreign clients from offices in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

We handle applications to protect inventions, utility and industrial designs, topographies for semi-conductor products, plant varieties, trademarks and designations of the origin of products, as well as research regarding patents and trademarks. The firm also assists clients with copyright and competition matters. As well as in IP contentions matters and anti-counterfeiting matters.

The office has a separate branch in Bratislava – Rott, Růžička & Guttmann Patent, Trademark and Law Office v.o.s. (general commercial partnership) – founded in 1993.

The office provides services in English, German, French, Russian, Slovakian and Japanese.

Our partners and patent attorneys are members of the international associations AIPPI, INTA, AIPLA, FICPI, ECTA, MARQUES, and LES.

Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic
Švermova 43
974 04 Banská Bystrica 4
Slovak Republic
Tel +421 48 43 00 32 7
Fax +421 48 41 32 56 3

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
Avenida de Europa, 4
03008 Alicante
Tel +34 965 139 100

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20
Tel +41 22 33 89 11 1
Fax +41 22 73 35 42 8