WTR 1000 2022

WTR 1000 - the World's Leading Trademark Professionals - a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Slovakia

Slovak practitioners continue to reap the benefits of the recent implementation of the EU Trademark Directive and are handling a steady stream of instructions from both local and international brand owners. The reforms have already sent IP activity soaring, with commentators observing an unprecedented explosion in trademark applications: according to...

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Slovak practitioners continue to reap the benefits of the recent implementation of the EU Trademark Directive and are handling a steady stream of instructions from both local and international brand owners. The reforms have already sent IP activity soaring, with commentators observing an unprecedented explosion in trademark applications: according to Matúš Medvec, president of the Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic (IPO SR), filings increased by 21% in the first half of 2021 alone. Notably, this increase has been driven exclusively by Slovak applicants, reflecting the growing IP sophistication of local brand owners. Another explanation for the rise is the IPO SR’s new programme, launched in partnership with the EUIPO, to provide financial support to SMEs in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic. Eligible companies can claim back up to 50% of a trademark registration fee, 75% of an IP audit or both services combined up to a total contribution of €1,500.

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