9 December 2011

Croatia to join the EU

Croatia will join the EU on 1 July 2013.

From this date, Community Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs will be automatically extended to Croatia. No action will be required by the proprietors.

It will then become possible to file Community Trade Marks and applications for Registered Community Designs in the Croatian language.

Croatia becomes the second former Yugoslav republic to join the EU after Slovenia and will be the EU's 28th member in total.

It will be an added country to consider searching when filing a Community Trade Mark. Thankfully, it is not too expensive. Identical searches can be performed on the Croatian IPO's website.