Patents

Patents are granted to the inventions in all fields of technology, which are new, involve an inventive step and are industrially applicable. In Slovenia patents may be obtained with national or international application. The term of a patent granted after substantive examination is 20 years, provided that it is renewed annually.
A supplementary protection certificate may be granted to patents related to drugs or phytopharmaceutical products, for a period of no more than five years.

National patent application

The application shall include applicant’s exact name and address, name, address and nationality of the inventors, title of invention, description, drawings (if any) and claims and abstract.

  • Paris convention priority may be claimed
  • (12 months).

The application may be filed in a foreign language and translated later. Power of attorney is required and may be filed later.

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – national phase

  • The due date: 31 months from the earliest priority date.

PCT national phase in Slovenia is opened only for PCT applications filed prior to December 07, 2001. PCT applications filed later may enter Slovenia through PCT/EP route, provided that among designated states Slovenia (SI) and European Patent (EP) are designated.
Filing requirements include one copy of published PCT application, including applicant’s exact name and address, name, address and nationality of the inventors, priority data, title of invention, description, drawings (if any) and claims and abstract.

If available, the following documents are required too:

  • a copy of International search report
  • International Preliminary Examination Report with a copy of first written opinion
  • copy of any amendments made after publication, concerning the specification, applicant or inventors.

The application may be filed in a foreign language and translated later. Power of attorney is required and may be filed later.

European Patent (EP) – extension national phase

Extension of EP
Granted European Patent, with international filing date before December 01, 2002 and designating Slovenia as an extension state, may be extended to Slovenia within three months from publication of decision on grant of EP, by filing a proper request accompanied with translation of title of the invention and claims.
Power of attorney is required and may be filed later.

EP - National phase

Slovenia is a regular member of European Patent Convention as of December 01, 2002 accordingly all European Patens with international filing date after December 01, 2002 and designating Slovenia may enter national phase in Slovenia within three months from publication of decision on grant of EP.
Power of attorney is required and may be filed later.