Region: Croatia

Mondelez wins lilac packaging case in Croatia

The Supreme Court has put an end to the long-running dispute between Kraft Foods Schweiz Holding GmbH (part of Mondelez International Group) and Croatian confectionery producer Kraš over the latter’s use of the colour lilac for its packaging.

18 February 2021

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.

11 September 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Western Balkans

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2020

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.

23 April 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Western Balkans

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2019

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.

13 May 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.

07 March 2019

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.

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Following the coming into force of the Law on Amendments to the Trademark Law, which repealed the Board of Appeals, decisions of the IP Office must now be challenged before the Administrative Court in Zagreb.

21 June 2018

Western Balkans

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2017

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.

18 May 2017

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.

12 February 2015

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.

11 September 2014

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