Services to entrepreneurs
You will use your brand in your business every day.
But did you know that your mark, brand, logo are not automatically protected from copying and use by others?
The solution is to register your trademark with the Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic. Registered trademark:
- Increase the value of your company, product or service
- Distinguishes your products and services from the competition
- Creates an asset for your company - the value of a trademark in monetary terms is often even higher than other company assets
- Helps you build your identity
- Protects the product or service from being used, copied or counterfeited
- Helps you avoid disputes with competitorsHelps you grow and develop your business economically
- The validity of the trademark is 10 years, but you can renew it indefinitely
Trademark application costs from 96 Euros if you register it electronically. How do you register a trademark? Very simply, a short video tutorial can be found here (krátky videonávod nájdete tu.)
You can have your trademark published within 30 working days from the filing date if you use the Fast Track service (30 pracovných dní od dátumu podania).
Beware of scammers! The Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic is the only body that registers trademarks in Slovakia.
If you need general information, please contact us on 048 43 00 111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Company Visit is our free information service for startups, small, medium and large businesses. During the visit, we will provide you with information about the hidden potential of intellectual property that you are unaware of today.
This information can help you avoid major problems with financial implications; copying your brand and innovations, paying compensation for infringing competitors, costs associated with rebranding and more.
During your visit, you will receive value-added information from our staff and useful tips:
- How to build a brand, product or service through intellectual property
- How to protect a product or service from being used, copied, or counterfeited
- When to protect your company's intellectual property and when to use a different strategy
- How to prevent early disputes with competitors
- Who to contact when developing a strategy to protect your brand, products and services
- How much will it cost to protect your innovations
- How to get financial support to protect your products and services
Our visit costs only one hour of your time.
If you are interested in a visit to your company, please fill out the registration form by clicking on this link (prihlasovací formulár po kliknutí na tento odkaz). Our staff will then contact you to confirm the date of your visit.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 048 43 00 261 or 048 43 00 111 or by email at email@example.com.
Note: The visit to the company is an information and popularization service in the field of industrial law protection. It is not intended as a purposeful invitation to file applications for industrial rights, consultation on filing applications, resolution of situations arising in the enterprise in question or as a substitute for the activities of patent attorneys.
Provisional patent application
In some countries, such as France, the United States, Australia and Portugal, applicants can file a provisional patent application in addition to the standard patent application. A provisional patent application establishes a right of priority in relation to the invention described in the application, even though the application does not contain the patent claims or other prescribed particulars. The provisional patent application must be converted into a standard patent application within 12 months of filing.
The filing of a provisional patent application per se is not possible in Slovakia. However, a patent application need not contain all the prescribed particulars for the purpose of granting a filing date even in Slovakia. A patent application is granted a filing date if it contains at least
- particulars from which the applicant's intention to file the patent application is apparent,
- particulars enabling the applicant to be identified and to communicate with the applicant; and
- the part which appears to be a description (the part which appears to be a description need not be in the national language for the purposes of granting a filing date).
However, an applicant for a patent application that meets only the above minimum requirements for the grant of a filing date may be, and in most cases currently is, required to file application documents in the prescribed form and language before the expiration of 12 months after the filing of the application.
In order to provide applicants in Slovakia with the same advantages enjoyed by applicants in States where a provisional patent application may also be filed, the Industrial Property Office of the Slovak Republic is changing its practice as of 1 September 2023 in determining the time limit for amending an application that does not contain all prescribed parts so that the applicant for such an application is guaranteed a 12-month period to amend the application documents without the need to request, or repeatedly request, an extension of the time limit set by the Office.
The possibility of filing with the Office an application containing only the minimum elements necessary for the grant of a filing date will thus become a fully-fledged alternative to the provisional patent application that can be filed with some foreign patent offices. The filing of a patent application meeting only the minimum requirements for the grant of a filing date will in several respects even be more advantageous from the applicant's point of view than the filing of a conventional provisional patent application. For example, the applicant will not have to file a converted application, the 12-month time limit set by the Office for the submission of a complete application file will be extended at the request of the applicant and, in the event of a default, the applicant will be able to benefit from the institute of continuation of proceedings and the institute of restitutio in integrum.
Do you have an idea or a product and are wondering how to protect it properly? There are several ways. You can register a trademark, negotiate confidentiality with suppliers, check copyright, sort out trade secret or domain protection. But where to start?
Use the IP Scan service - a professional intellectual property diagnosis for your business! As part of the IP Scan service, an expert will analyze your business model and products in order to create an IP strategy. Based on the analysis, you will find out what are the priority areas that need attention and which need to be addressed.
IP Scan is therefore a consultancy service during which IP experts will advise you on the steps to be taken in developing an IP strategy for your business.
IP Scan is suitable for you if:
- You are a small or medium-sized business and you want to develop a strategy to protect your ideas, products or innovations,
- you want to get an overview and specific recommendations on the possibilities of intellectual property protection in Slovakia and abroad,
- you want to know how to obtain financial contributions in the field of industrial property.In addition, SMEs that opt for IP Scan can apply for a voucher to reimburse 90% of the cost of IP Scan (poukaz na preplatenie 90 % nákladov na IP Scan) from 1 October to 12 December 2023, saving €720 in reimbursement of costs related to the implementation of this service.
How to get a subsidy for the IP Scan service?
- On the website of the SME Fund of the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (fond pre MSP Európskeho úradu pre duševné vlastníctvo (EUIPO), you register and fill in a simple form with information about your company (VAT registration certificate or certificate of registration in the commercial register).
- The EUIPO will then assess your application and either approve it or ask you to complete the supporting documents.
- Once approved, it will send you a voucher worth EUR 1,500, from which you can apply EUR 720 to the IP Scan.
- Once you have received the subsidy, you will contact a certified expert who will provide you with the IP Scan service. The IP Scan is carried out by selected patent attorneys (patentoví zástupcovia) and attorneys (advokáti).
- You will then e-mail the IPO to check whether your expert is certified for IP Scan.Once the expert is approved, we will send you a short introductory questionnaire in which you describe in your own words what you do, what products you have and how you protect your intellectual property.At the same time, once the provider has been approved by the IPO, you will pay the provider the amount for the IP Scan service. The provider will send us proof of your payment.
- The expert will conduct an interview with you for 1-2 hours to analyze all the areas that need to be addressed to create an IP protection strategy.
- The expert will then prepare an analysis and a final report. This will be sent to the IPO for quality control. In the report you will find recommendations that will help you to protect your intellectual property effectively. They will help you to set up an appropriate strategy so that you can effectively develop your business through intellectual property.Once the report is approved by the IPO, we will send you a receipt of payment for the IP Scan service. This receipt will be attached to your application to request reimbursement of the cost of the IP Scan via your user account on the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), Európsky úrad pre duševné vlastníctvo (EUIPO) SME Fund website. You will then be reimbursed from the SME Fund.
- For more information on financial support for your business and the IP Scan service, please visit the website of the IPO SK (ÚPV SR ) or the EUIPO SME Fund (fond pre MSP EUIPO). If you are interested in the IP Scan service, please contact the Slovak Chamber of Patent Attorneys (Slovenskú komoru patentových zástupcov) or the Slovak Bar Association (Slovenskú advokátsku komoru).
If you have any questions, you can also contact the Information Centre of the Office of the Slovak Republic, either by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephone on 048/43 00 111 or 048/43 00 131.