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    HR
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    UTC/GMT +01:00
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    Croatian Kuna (HRK)

Croatian PCT national phase entry

Croatia
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Total Number of Claims/PCT
Number of Priorities
Pages for Publication
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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with Croatian PCT national phase entry as well as other patent fees are available in the fee calculator.

  • Deadline for PCT national phase entry in Croatia

The time limits for entering the Croatian national phase of a PCT application is 31 months from the date of priority. This term may be restored within 12 months from its expiration.

  • Minimum filing requirements in Croatia

To obtain a filing date in Croatia, a patent application based on PCT must contain:
- an express indication that the grant of a patent is applied for;
- the name, or company name respectively, and the domicile or the principle place of business of the applicant;
- a description of the invention and one or more patent claims.

  • Language of the Croatian patent application

The official language of the Croatian patent application is Croatian. The application may be filed in any other foreign language; however the Croatian translation must be supplied within two months from entering the Croatian national phase.

  • Power of Attorney requirements

The official legalisation of the POA form is not required for PCT national stage entry in Croatia. POA must be filed within 60 days upon receipt of the official invitation from the Croatian IP Office.

  • Substantive examination request

The applicant has six months from the patent application publication date to file one of the following requests:
- Request for the patent grant by substantial examination procedure;
- Request for the patent grant without substantial examination of patent application – consensual patent.
If neither of the two requests is filed in due time, the application is deemed withdrawn.

  • Grace period

The Croatian legislation does not stipulate provisions in respect of novelty grace period for patents.

  • Grant and maintenance fees

 The term for payment of the official grant fee is two months calculated from the date of receipt of the official action requesting the payment of the patent registration fees. Annuities apply for pending patent applications in Croatia.

  • Representation by a patent attorney

Foreigners must perform a patent prosecution as well as national phase entry in Croatia through an agent, a Croatian patent attorney.

  • Notes

1. Online Search Databases: Croatian Patents, European Patents (EPO).
2. The PCT application in Croatia may also be nationalised via European Patent registration and its further validation in Croatia

Brief summary is based on the information provided by Vukmir & Associates on  02.01.2019 
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with Croatian IP Laws

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