Region: Croatia

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.

12 July 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.

09 July 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.

06 March 2013

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.

08 September 2010

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.

08 April 2009

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