Trademark application Croatia

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What are the costs of a trademark registration in Croatia?

The costs of trademark registration in Croatia depend on the number of Nice classes that are relevant to the trademark. Most marks need 1 to 3 classes, but it is possible to get  protection in all of classes 1 through 45 of the Nice classification.


How do you get a trademark registration in Croatia?

In Croatia, trademark protection takes place on a first-to-file basis, which means that whoever registers a trademark first obtains the exclusive rights to it. Extensive use of an unregistered trademark may prevent the registration of a similar trademark by a third party, but is not a ground for obtaining actual rights. At the time of the application you submit to register a trademark in Croatia, it does not have to be in use. Active use can be useful, however, because it considerably reduces the risk of objection based on poor distinctiveness.


Croatia and the Nice classification system

Croatia uses the Nice Classification, an international classification for goods and services that applies to the registration of trademarks. It is important to read the list of goods and services carefully. This cannot be extended after the application has been submitted. Classes 1 to 34 refer to goods, and classes 35 to 45 refer to services. Each class describes in general terms the nature of the goods and services it covers.


How does a trademark registration in Croatia work via the local, European or international route?

To register a trademark in Croatia, please contact the local DZIV, the State Intellectual Property Office of Croatia, or by submitting an application for registration through the EUIPO headquarters in Alicante. With such an EUTM application you obtain trademark protection in all 27 countries of the European Union. An EUTM trademark registration is by definition valid in all member states of the European Union and cannot be geographically limited to just a few members.

However, you can also apply for a trademark in Croatia in a third way. Croatia is a member of the Madrid Protocol. Expansion of an international registration via the Madrid System is therefore possible in this country. The route to international trademark protection starts in Switzerland, where WIPO’s headquarters are located. After an initial formal review, the application is forwarded to the relevant countries, where the local patent office will continue to process the application.


Applying for a trademark in Croatia: combined trademarks

Before you register a trademark in Croatia, it is in the case of combined trademarks – i.e. trademarks that consist of both word elements and figurative elements – important to check whether you want to be able to use these two elements separately for commercial purposes. If this is the case, it is recommended to also file this distinctive part of the trademark in Croatia.

Although it is not mandatory to follow this advice, many entrepreneurs do. By registering the elements of their trademark separately, they prevent a third party from using these elements for their own product or service. If your elements have not been registered separately, you cannot do anything about this. There is one exception to this: does the other entrepreneur offer goods or services that are very similar to what you offer? Then you can lodge an objection based on confusing resemblance.


What does the trademark application process in Croatia look like?

If you submit the necessary papers to register your trademark in Croatia, the competent office will conduct an initial formal investigation. When this has been completed, the phase of the substantive investigation starts. The decisions of the patent office are made according to strict guidelines and are always consistent to ensure equal treatment of all applicants. When making the decision, the relevant examiner also consults dictionaries, encyclopedias, the Internet and other sources.

The opposition period is also inextricably linked to applying for a trademark in Croatia. This concerns the period after publication in the Croatian intellectual property gazette. After this publication, third parties have three months to object if they consider your registration to be an infringement of their rights.


Do you get trademark protection from the date of application?

The review time, taking into account the monthly release of the official gazette and the three-month opposition period, the entire procedure to register a trademark in Croatia will take nine to twelve months. Despite this duration, granted trademark protection will take effect retroactively from the date on which the application was made. This fits within the first-to-file basis with which the country works. Any applications that are requested later but completed more quickly will therefore not hinder your registration.


What is the validity period of the registered trademark?

Once the registration of your trademark in Croatia is completed, it will be valid for ten years from the date of application. Trademark registration can be renewed indefinitely, each time for a further period of ten years. The application for extension can be submitted from twelve months before the end date. There is also a grace period of six months. Although use of the trademark prior to registration is not necessary, there is a risk of cancellation if it is still inactive five years after registration.

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