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11 Sep 2020

Intellectual Property Office amends official fee structure

Amendments to the regulation on fees charged by the Croatian Intellectual Property Office entered into force on 8 August 2020, amending trademark fees, introducing utility model fees and modifying patent examination fees. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Western Balkans

With a population of more than 20 million divided among seven jurisdictions, the Western Balkans has the potential to be fertile ground for the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit goods. Read more

13 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Western Balkans

With a population of more than 20 million divided among seven jurisdictions, the Western Balkans has the potential to be a fertile ground for the production and distribution of counterfeit goods. Due to its geographical location, the Western Balkans is well connected to other regions and continents. Read more

7 Mar 2019

New trademark law enters into force - what you need to know

A new Law on Trademarks, which aims to transpose Directive 2015/2436 into the national legislation, entered into force in Croatia on 15 February 2019. This update highlights the key changes for trademarks owners and applicants. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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18 May 2017

Western Balkans

With a population of more than 20 million divided among seven jurisdictions, the Western Balkans has the potential to be a fertile ground for the production and distribution of counterfeit goods. Read more

Brand management

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12 Jul 2013

EU accession - the risks and opportunities for Croatian brands

Last week Croatia joined the European Union, providing its brand owners with easier access to a consumer market of 500 million people. However this opportunity has brought with it a set of challenges for practitioners to grapple with in order to ensure that domestic brands reap the benefits – and avoid the threats – that EU member status brings.

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Enforcement and Litigation

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25 Jul 2018

Success for Vogue owner as application for figurative V.O.G.U.E. mark is refused

The Croatian IP Office has upheld an opposition filed by Advance Magazine Publishers, the owner of the mark VOGUE GIRL, against the registration of the figurative mark V.O.G.U.E. BY MIRJANA SMOLJO.

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11 Sep 2014

Victory for Mondelez as court recognises distinctive character of colour lilac mark

The High Commercial Court has ruled that Kras' sale of sugar-free menthol sweets in a lilac packaging infringed a trademark for the colour lilac owned by Kraft Foods Schweiz Holding GmbH, part of Mondelez International Group, for chocolate and chocolate products. It is the first time that a court in the region has recognised the distinctive character of the colour lilac.

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9 Jul 2013

And then there were 28 - Croatia joins the EU

After eight years of negotiation, Croatia finally joined the European Union on July 1 2013, bringing the number of member states to 28. This is good news for the owners and potential owners of CTMs and RCDs, as protection will now extend to an additional jurisdiction. This update summarises the main implications for trademark and design owners.

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IP Offices

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21 Jun 2018

Croatia repeals Board of Appeals - IP Office decisions must now be challenged before Administrative Court

Following the coming into force of the Law on Amendments to the Trademark Law, which repealed the Board of Appeals, decisions of the IP Office must now be challenged before the Administrative Court in Zagreb.

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Online

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8 Sep 2010

New administrative procedures for '.hr' domain names announced

CARNet, the central registry for '.hr' domain names, has introduced new regulations outlining administrative procedures and technical requirements for domain name registration. As from June 15 2010, all procedures (eg, registrations, renewals, deactivations and data changes) are performed by one of the nine registrars authorised by CARNet.

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Portfolio Management

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12 Feb 2015

L'Oréal overcomes provisional refusal of OR ROUGE for Class 3 goods

The Croatian IP Office has reversed its initial refusal to register L’Oréal’s international trademark OR ROUGE for goods in Class 3. Among other things, the office held that a significant portion of Croatian consumers do not speak French and, therefore, will not perceive the mark OR ROUGE (meaning ‘red gold’ in French) as being descriptive of some of the characteristics of the products.

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6 Mar 2013

Croatia's accession to European Union to affect EU trademarks and designs

As a result of Croatia’s accession to the European Union on July 1 2013, EU trademark and design regulations will enter into force in Croatia and all registered CTMs and designs will automatically extend to the new EU member state. In preparation, OHIM has issued a notification detailing the circumstances in which a Croatian trademark owner can oppose a CTM application filed between January 1 2013 and June 30 2013.

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8 Apr 2009

Amended IP laws enter into force

Several amended IP laws have entered into force in Croatia. Among other things, the amended Law on Trademarks provides that a trademark may be refused registration on absolute grounds if it is “devoid of any distinctive character”, or if there exists an earlier registered geographical indication or indication of origin for the corresponding term.

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