Through developing technologies and a rapid rise in online and other modern ways of sales, intellectual property infringements have expanded from their classic forms to new social networks. Lately, we have especially noticed a large increase in Facebook webpages that infringe the protected rights of holders of prior trademarks, designs and copyrights by selling counterfeit goods or by actions of unfair competition. In addition to the classic ways of acting in cases of infringement, we can also file an infringement report on behalf of the client directly with Facebook. This type of action has proved to be very quick, efficient and compared to standard measures (reporting to Trade Inspectorate, filing Complaints with the District Court...) cost-effective, as well.
In 2015, the prestigious magazine WTR 1000 ranked Patentna pisarna d.o.o. to the golden - highest category of Slovene agents in the field of trademarks. Before that, no Slovenian patent agency has ever been ranked to this category. Special mention was made of the lawyers Vesna Kovič and Irena Kadunc.
USA and Japan have signed the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs. The Agreement comes into effect on May 13, 2015 and it will be possible to obtain design rights in these countries via the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and not only via national application. The Applicants will get a simpler and more cost efficient access to protection. Currently, the Hague system has 64 members.
The Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (hereinafter: the Office) conducts procedures to grant supplementary protection certificates (SPC) pursuant to Regulation (EC) No. 469/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 May 2009 on supplementary protection certificate for medicines (codified version)(hereinafter: Regulation 469/2009) and pursuant to Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council (EC) No. 1610/96 of 23 July 1996 concerning the creation of a supplementary protection certificate for plant protection products (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 56/06). A Supplementary Protection Certificate (hereinafter: SPC) shall take effect at the end of the lawful term of the basic patent for a period equal to the period which elapsed between the date on which the application for a basic patent was lodged and the date of the first authorization to place the product on the market in the Community, reduced by a period of five years (Article 13 of Regulation 1610/96 and Article 13 of Regulation 469/2009).
We have been contacted by numerous clients of ours with respect to requests for payment of various fees issued by suspicious institutions whose names are confusingly similar to the names of the offices that deal with intellectual property. We would like to warn you that you should refrain from paying in advance. If you receive such a request, please turn to us, or, if you are convinced that it is false, simply disregard it.