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  • Patent fees

Fees associated with filing patent applications in Slovenia, as well as other patent fees, are available in the fee calculator.

  • The term for filing patent applications in Slovenia

A 12-month term is given to the applicant for filing patent applications claiming conventional priority in Slovenia. This term may be restored under due care criterion by paying the additional fees for restoration.

  • Minimum of filing documents in Slovenia

Minimum of filing documents required to obtain a filing date in Slovenia is complete patent specification with claims and drawings (if any) and the details of the applicant and the inventor.

  • Language of the Slovenia patent application

The language of registration in the Slovenian Patent Office is Slovene. The applicant can file an application in English, German or French and submit the translation thereof into the Slovene language within three months following receipt of the invitation.

  • Priority document

Priority document (certified copy of the previous application) can be submitted within a 3-month term from the receipt of the corresponding invitation. The translation of the priority document into Slovene is not usually required.

  • Power of Attorney requirements

The original of POA shall be submitted within three months after filing a patent application.

  • Substantive examination request

Substantive examination is not required. The Slovenian patent applications are examined according to formal requirements.

  • Grace period

Novelty grace period is not stipulated for patents according to the Slovenian legislation.

  • Grant and maintenance fees

Grant fee is not stipulated for patents in Slovenia, and the patent is being registered on the date of publication which occurs within 18 months from the date of filing. First annuities (maintenance fees) are due after the third year (at the beginning of the fourth one) of a patent validity

  • Representation by a patent attorney

For foreigners, it is necessary to perform the patent prosecution in Slovenia through an agent, the registered Slovenian patent attorney.

  • Notes

1. Online Search databases: Slovenian Patents, European Patents (EPO).
2. Patent protection in Slovenia may also be obtained via European Patent and its further validation in Slovenia. Moreover, direct entry into the PCT national phase in Slovenia is not possible, only via the EPO route.
3. Protection of the inventions in Slovenia is also possible as a Short-term patent (basically corresponds to Utility Model protection title). The short-term patent in Slovenia may not be granted for processes, plant varieties and animal breeds. The validity term of a short-term patent in Slovenia is ten years from the date of filing.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by INVENTIO d.o.o. on 18.03.2022
Please contact us if the above information is not in conformity with Slovenian IP Laws