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Friday 12 September 2008

SPCs in Slovenia

The SPC Blog is proposing to make occasional visits to the websites of the European Union's patent-granting authorities in order to see what information they have on supplementary protection certificates. Today we start with the website of the Republic of Slovenia's Intellectual Property Office (SIPO).

The SIPO site provides an English-language option that embraces all IP rights; there is a dedicated webpage for SPC law and practice, which also lists the current filing fee (420 euro). The forms available include a pdf form, in Slovenian and English, for the authorisation of a local representative when making an SPC application. There is little in the way of general information concerning SPCs. Thus the FAQs on the SPC page relate to patents in general rather than to SPCs, their strengths, weaknesses or degree of use.

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