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09 March 2006

Company name blocks trademark registration for the first time

The Slovenian Intellectual Property Office has partly refused a trademark application for EUROCITY due to the existence of the earlier company name Eurocity doo. This is the first time that the SIPO has refused a trademark application on the grounds that it is similar to an earlier company name since the Industrial Property Act came into force on December 7 2001.

17 February 2005

Date of application for extended Community trademarks clarified

The Slovenian Intellectual Property Office has issued a decision clarifying the application date for Community trademark applications extended to Slovenia following its accession to the European Union on May 1 2004. It held that even if a Community trademark application was filed for registration before May 1 2004, it will be deemed as having the application date of May 1 2004.

06 May 2004

SIPO not sold on MERCATOR opposition

In Poslovni Sistem Mercator dd v Tabacofina-Vander Elst NV, the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office has dismissed the plaintiff's opposition to the registration of MERCATOR for cigarettes and tobacco. It held, among other things, that although the plaintiff's own MERCATOR marks are well known, the graphical and conceptual differences between the two parties' marks eliminated any likelihood of confusion.

07 October 2003

G-Star loses fight for ELWOOD mark

In G-Star International v Wheelie Den Distribution LLC, the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office has rejected G-Star International's opposition to the registration of the mark ELWOOD and design. It held that (i) G-Star's registration for ELWOOD was not well known in Slovenia, and (ii) its Slovenian registration was not valid at the time of Wheelie Den Distribution's application.