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Croatia Trademark Registration 

In order to obtain trademark protection in Croatia you can register your trademark in two ways: First option is that you request registration in the entire European Union with one single application; this can be done via the European Union Trademark which grants trademark protection in the 28 country members of the EU (more info here). Second option is that you register directly your trademark in Croatia. If you want to proceed this way please follow the steps described below.

 
Attorneys - Croatia
 
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My name is Lovorka Hancic and I'm the representative Attorney in Croatia.

I'll be personally in charge of your trademark registration process.
 
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A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in Croatia through the following steps:

 
Trademark Comprehensive Study   Step 1. Trademark Comprehensive Study:
A trademark search report with attorney's analysis and opinion about registration probabilities.
Step 1 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Request   Step 2. Trademark Registration Request:
A trademark attorney will file and process your trademark application before the Trademark Office.
Step 2 Prices
 

 
Trademark Registration Certificate   Step 3. Trademark Registration Certificate:
Once your trademark application is approved, we will obtain your registration certificate.
Step 3 Prices
 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Is there a time frame for the trademark registration approval?

    The average time frame for the registration approval is 12 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

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

    No. A registered mark in Croatia is protected only in this jurisdiction.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    Yes, a Power of Attorney is required.

  • Are there any benefits from using the trademark before filing?

    Yes. Use of the mark before filing enables the applicant to: 

    • Show the mark’s distinctive qualities;
    • Overcome obstacles on the ground of non-distinctiveness.
  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    The consequence of not using your registered mark is the possibility of being attacked by third parties on the ground of non-use and eventually getting your registration cancelled.

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

    Applicants are allowed to register any mark or sign that can be interpreted graphically and can differentiate a product/service from its competitors. The sign must also be objective, clear, self-contained, precise, durable and easily-available. 

    • Names
    • Words
    • Touch
    • Taste
    • Devices
    • Colors
    • Shapes (with three dimensions)
    • Sounds
    • Slogans
    • Holograms
    • Trade dress
    • Smell
    • Motion
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Croatia?

    The sequence of application is as follows: 

    1. Examination – The application will be examined if it is compliant in terms of formality, classification, descriptiveness, distinctiveness, and deceptiveness.
    2. Publication – Information about the application will be made available to the public particularly to parties that are interested to oppose. The following details will be published in print and online: mark, name and address of applicant, application number and date, goods/services, representation of mark and representative on record, and priority claim.
    3. Registration – After the prosecution and once the opposition has been overcome, the trademark authorities will now issue the registration.
  • Are there any types of trademark that cannot be registered?

    Applicants may not apply for the registration of the following marks: 

    • Marks that contradict public order and standards of moral
    • Marks that contain flags, symbols or names of an international organization, state, region, or nation
    • Words that have a general or broad meaning
    • Marks that lack distinctive qualities
  • Does Croatia use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Yes. Croatia uses the Nice Classification system. If the mark will be used for several classes of goods or services, one application will suffice.

  • Does the European Union Trademark apply for Croatia?

    Yes. European Union Trade Mark registration takes effect in Croatia.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Croatia?

    Yes. The date of filing in your home country can be used as the date of filing in Croatia if: 

    • Your home country is a member of the Paris Convention
    • The date of filing in your home country is within the last 6 months prior to the date of filing in Croatia
    • Your home country is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO)
    • International registration can be based in this jurisdiction
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    You must use the mark within 5 years from the date it was registered and/or from the date it was last used; no more than 5-year gap in between each use. Use must occur in Croatia and the amount of use is determined on a case-to-case basis.

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

    A registered mark in this jurisdiction is valid for ten years.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

    The first renewal should be done 10 years after the date you filed the application.

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

    Yes. Use of an unregistered mark for selling goods or services is legal.


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