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International cooperation

Since its establishment in 1991, SIPO actively cooperates with all key international institutions operating in the filed of intellectual property.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Slovenia became a member of the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1991, with the notification of the majority of WIPO conventions and agreements whose signatory was the former Yugoslavia. Since then, SIPO has participated in the work of most of WIPO administrative and working bodies, and organized and carried out in cooperation with WIPO a number of promotional and educational activities.


European Union

With entry into the European Union in 2004, Slovenia began to enforce the legal protection of industrial designs and trademarks in accordance with the European legislation, and representatives of SIPO started to actively participate in the activities of European bodies in the field of intellectual property.


European Patent Organisation (EPO)

Close cooperation with the European Patent Organisation started already in 1993, when Slovenia concluded with EPO a cooperation agreement and the so called extension agreement. The latter enabled the extension of validity of European patents to Slovenia and was to become the first agreement of this kind, introducing a generally recognized model of interconnection between EPO and non-member States. The good cooperation with EPO was further enhanced in 1995, when the Administrative Council granted Slovenia observer status. In 2002 Slovenia acceded to the European Patent Convention and become a full member of EPO. From the very beginning of the cooperation between the two institutions, EPO has been assisting SIPO in the fields of training and information technology, and has been funding the publication of promotional materials.


European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

SIPO successfully ensures the international protection of trademarks and designs also through the cooperation with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), until March 2016 known as OHIM - Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs). In 2000 it concluded with it a memorandum of understanding, which was upgraded in 2007 by an agreement on cooperation in the field of promotion and information services. In 2003 Slovenia was granted observer status in the Administrative Council and in 2004, upon accession to the EU, also full membership. SIPO, which represents Slovenia in the Administrative Council, is active also in other OHIM bodies, at expert meetings and in the organisation of joint promotional events.


Bilateral cooperation

SIPO sought to develop a bilateral cooperation with other related offices from the very beginning of its operation. Up to now, it concluded agreements on the exchange of search and examination results with the German Patent and Trademark Office (1991) and French National Institute for Industrial Property (1993), an agreement on data exchange and agreement on the production of CD-ROMs with the European Patent Office (1994), an agreement on the forwarding of prior art searches and expert opinions with the Austrian Patent Office (1996), and cooperation agreements with the Austrian Patent Office (1992), UK Intellectual Property Office (1994), State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania (1994), Department of Intellectual Property of the Kingdom of Thailand (1997), Hungarian Patent Office (2006), Industrial Property Protection Office of the Republic of Macedonia (2007), State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (2008), State Office for Inventions and Trademarks of Romania (2008) and Intellectual Property Office of Montenegro (2010).

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