Trademarks—Croatia—Q&A guide

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  • Trademarks—Croatia—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the primary legislation governing trademarks in your jurisdiction?
  • 2. Which international trademark agreements has your jurisdiction signed?
  • 3. Which government bodies regulate trademark law?
  • 4. Who may apply for registration?
  • 5. What may and may not be protected and registered as a trademark?
  • 6. Can trademark rights be established without registration?
  • 7. Is a famous foreign trademark afforded protection even if not used domestically? If so, must the foreign trademark be famous domestically? What proof is required? What protection is provided?
  • 8. What are the benefits of registration?
  • 9. What documentation is needed to file a trademark application? What rules govern the representation of the mark in the application? Is electronic filing available? Are trademark searches available or required before filing? If so, what procedures and fees apply?
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Trademarks—Croatia—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to trademarks in Croatia published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: August 2020).

Authors: Zivko Mijatovic & Partners—Ivana Ervaćanin; Luka Jelčić; Ivana Šarlija

1. What is the primary legislation governing trademarks in your jurisdiction?

The Trademark Act (Official Gazette No. 14/19) and Trademark Regulations (Official Gazette No. 38/19).

2. Which international trademark agreements has your jurisdiction signed?

Croatia is a party to the following international agreements:

  1. the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights;

  2. the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property;

  3. the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks;

  4. the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks;

  5. the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks;

  6. the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization; and

  7. the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

3. Which government bodies regulate trademark law?

The Croatian State Intellectual Property Office.

4. Who may apply for registration?

Any natural or legal person.

Foreign natural and legal persons in Croatia enjoy the same rights as are enjoyed by resident natural and legal persons, if they result from the international treaties or from the principle of reciprocity.

5. What may and may not be protected and registered as a trademark?

A trademark may

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