Region: Slovenia

Non-infringement action against EUTM based on prior use defence: Circuit Court issues landmark decision

In this dispute between rival brandy producers over the use of the name of a famous war hero, the court resolved several important legal issues and conflicts between national and EU laws.

27 January 2023

PEJO’s toilet duck mark flushed down the drain

This dispute between competitors in the toilet cleaner market highlights the criteria to take into account in assessing whether a trademark application has been filed in bad faith.

17 March 2022

Supreme Court recognises need for legal certainty in assignment of IP rights

This decision of the Slovenian Supreme Court constitutes a crucial step towards legal certainty, clarifying the circumstances in which an assignment declaration or consent for transfer of an IP right will be considered valid.

19 November 2021

Higher Court allows prior use defence in EUTM infringement proceedings

This decision of the Higher Court of Slovenia in a dispute involving the Skenderbeu brandy is significant in that it establishes that the prior use defence can be used against EUTMs, and not only national trademarks.

17 September 2020

Plain tobacco packaging obligatory as of 1 January 2020

Following the coming into force of the plain packaging provisions of the Tobacco Act on 1 January 2020, Slovenia has joined the group of countries with the most restrictive rules for tobacco product packaging.

14 February 2020

Supreme Court clarifies conditions for existence of legal interest in non-infringement action

In a dispute between wine and spirits producers Kantina and Adol, the Slovenian Supreme Court has set aside the first and second-instance decisions, which had rejected a non-infringement action filed by Kantina on formal grounds.

17 May 2019

SIPO’s 2018 annual report shows decline in national applications

The Slovenian Intellectual Property Office has recently published its annual report for 2018, which shows a decline in national patent, trademark and design applications – with the most significant drop being observed in the number of national design applications.

01 May 2019

A-Z of EU trademark court practice and performance: Netherlands to Slovenia

In the fourth of our five-part series, trademark counsel from law firms across Europe provide an overview of the performance of their countries’ EU trademark courts over the past two years.

24 August 2018

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