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Intellectual property in Slovakia

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
Patents are granted by the Office of industrial property (the period of validity varies and may go up to 20 years). The AOC name exists in Slovakia and comes under the same Office. The Slovak organization for the protection of copyright is the Copyright Office which is dependent on the Ministry of Culture.
Regional Organisations
Slovakia is a member of the European Patents Office (EPO) and of the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHMI).
International Membership
Member of the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)
Signatory to the Paris Convention For the Protection of Intellectual Property
Membership to the TRIPS agreement - Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)
 

National Regulation and International Agreements

 
Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent
 
Patent Act (Act no435/2001)
20 years Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT)
Trademark
 
Act No. 506/2009 Coll. on Trade marks
10 years, renewable for a successive period of 10 years. Trademark Law Treaty
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Design
 
Law on Inventions, Industrial Designs and Rationalization Proposals (No. 527 of November 27, 1990) and law n°444/2002 on designs.
5 years, renewable for four further 5-year periods with a maximum of 25 years.  
Copyright
 
Law on copyright (law n°618/2003 of 4 December 2003)
During the author's life and 70 years after his death. Berne convention For the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome ConventionFor the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
WIPO Copyright Treaty
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
Industrial Models
 
Law on Inventions, Industrial Designs and Rationalization Proposals (No. 527 of November 27, 1990)
When the validity of the registration expires or if the owner of the industrial model renounces his rights.  

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