(WIPO code: CZ) (last revised June 2022)

by ROTT, RUZICKA & GUTTMANN – Patent, Trademark and Law Office Praha, Czech Republic and Bratislava, Slovak Republic

General Information

Area

78,864 sq. km.

Population

10,705,384 (2022).

Capital

Prague (Praha), with 1.318 million inhabitants (2022).

Languages

Czech (official), Slovak.

Currency

Kc (crowns).

General Remarks

The former Czechoslovakia separated on December 31, 1992 into two independent States, the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic (Slovakia).

On January 1, 1993, a Czech Patent Office was established in Prague and a Slovak Patent Office in Bratislava (and from 1995, in Banska Bystrica). Applicants having pending patent or trademark applications at the former Czechoslovakian Patent Office are allowed to decide whether they want to continue the prosecution in the Czech or the Slovak Republic or in both of them. As of January 1, 1993, Czech patents and trademark registrations are granted by the Czech Patent Office, while Slovak patents and trademark registrations are granted by the Slovak Patent Office.

The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union as of May 1, 2004. All Regulations are valid in the Czech Republic.

 

Statistics (2020) Filed Issued
Patents  729 499
– validated European patents 6,972
SPCs 50 56
Trademarks 9,220 7,946
Utility models 1,324 1,155
Industrial designs 247 159