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Slovakia Trademark Registration 

In order to obtain trademark protection in Slovakia 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 Slovakia. If you want to proceed this way please follow the steps described below.

 
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My name is Jan Durica and I'm the representative Attorney in Slovakia.

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A trademark attorney will process your trademark registration in Slovakia 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 10 months, if no objections or oppositions arise.

     

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

    No. The limit of protection is only within the territory of Slovakia.

  • Do I need to sign a Power of Attorney?

    Yes. It is required to complete the application.

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

    Yes. Pre-filing use of the trademark helps the applicant establish the mark’s distinctiveness and use it to overcome disputes based on non-distinctiveness.

  • Will there be problems in case I don’t use my trademark after registration?

    Yes. Not using a registered mark makes it prone to the revocation of registration.

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

    Marks that can be recreated graphically or signs that can add a distinctive quality to the good or service can be accepted for registration. 

    • Word
    • Name
    • Color
    • Slogan
    • Device
    • Trade dress
    • Three-dimensional shape
  • What are the phases of application after a trademark has been filed in Slovakia?

    Here is the sequence of trademark application in Slovakia: 

    1. Examination – The application will be examined based on:
      • Classification
      • Formality
      • Deceptiveness
      • Descriptiveness
      • Distinctiveness
      • Conflict with earlier registrations
      • Compatibility with moral principles and public order
      • Conflict with flags/symbols/names of states/nations/regions/international organizations
      • Conflict with coat of arms or emblems
      • Conflict with religious symbols
    2. Publication – Important information about the registration will be posted online and in print. This is the time for third parties to initiate an opposition case.
      • Mark
      • Applicant’s name and address
      • Application number and date
      • Goods/services that will be covered
      • Information on priority claim
      • Trademark representation
      • Attorney, representative or agent
    3. Registration – The registration will be granted once the opposition cases are resolved.
  • What type of trademark is non-registrable?

    The following marks are prohibited from being registered: 

    • Marks that are incompatible with moral principles or against public order
    • Generic words or common terms
    • Names/flags/symbols of international organizations/nations/regions/states
    • Marks that work primarily as a name of a geographic location
    • Non-distinctive marks
    • Marks that may deceive the public with regards to the good/service’ origin of place, quality or nature
    • Marks that include a religious symbol or signs with high value
  • Does Slovakia use the "Nice Classification" system?

    Yes. Nice Classification is implemented in Slovakia. For trademarks that will be covering multiple classes of goods/services, a single application will suffice.

  • Does the Community Trademark apply for Slovakia?

    Yes. Slovakia is a European Union member which makes the Community Trademark registration applicable in this jurisdiction.

  • Is there any possibility to claim priority in Slovakia?

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

    • The home country is a Paris Convention member
    • The home filing date is within 6 months prior to the filing date in Slovakia
    • The home country is a member of the WTO (World Trade Organization)
    • The international registration can be designated in Slovakia
  • What do I need to do to satisfy the use requirement?

    After the date when the registration was granted, the mark must be used within 5 years. The amount of use is measurable on a commercial case and use must occur in Slovakia.

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

    Registered marks are valid for 10 years counting from the application date.

  • What will be the renewal date of my trademark?

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

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

    Unregistered marks are legally allowed to be used for goods and services.


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