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Slovenia adopts overarching strategy document on intellectual property

The Government adopted the first National Intellectual Property Strategy 2030 and tasked the Ministry of Economy, Tourism and Sport to prepare an action plan to implement the Strategy in cooperation with other authorities. Thus Slovenia further recognises the role of intellectual property in fostering innovation, creativity and knowledge-sharing and the importance of its strategic management.

Due to the nature and importance of intellectual property, the Strategy was prepared by a government working group composed of representatives of eight ministries, the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office and the Slovenian Research Agency, with the participation of various experts in law and research. Key stakeholders in the Slovenian intellectual property system have also been involved in the preparation of the Strategy and welcome the adoption of the country's first strategic document in this area.

Minister Matjaž Han stressed that the economy is based on innovation and technological progress: "I see the adoption of the Strategy as an important milestone on our path towards an even more innovative, knowledge-driven and economically resilient future. I am convinced that by following the orientations set out in this document, we will make progress not only in innovation and sustainable economic growth, but also in society at large."

An analysis of the intellectual property situation in Slovenia, carried out by the Institute for Economic Research in the run-up to the preparation of the Strategy, showed, among other things, a weak awareness of the importance of intellectual property in the business and public sectors. Small and medium-sized enterprises generally lack a targeted approach to the protection and marketing of intellectual property. There is also a lack of awareness of this field in Slovenia, which has an impact in terms of the limited respect for intellectual property rights on the part of the general public. The absence of intellectual property content at all levels of education (for awareness-raising purposes) and also in higher education (professional skills) has also been identified, which is linked to the detected lack of relevant intellectual property competences in business and the public sector.

To address these weaknesses identified in the Slovenian system, the newly adopted strategy paper includes three strategic objectives:

  • Strengthening the environment for the effective creation, development, protection and management of intellectual property,
  • Raising awareness and knowledge of intellectual property,
  •  Strengthening the role of intellectual property in the private and public sectors and in society at large.

The Strategy also sets out actions and activities to achieve the strategic objectives. These will be set out in more detail, including the manner of implementation, in the Action Plan. This will be prepared by the Ministry of Economy, Tourism and Sport for the period of validity of the Strategy, in cooperation with the competent authorities, no later than one year after the adoption of the National Strategy.

The Director of the Intellectual Property Office, Karin Žvokelj, said at the adoption of the Strategy that intellectual property is a key driver of innovation: "It encourages companies and individuals to innovate and be creative in a wide range of fields, including science, technology, art, literature and industry. As such, intellectual property is an integral part of public policies in this area, and without such policies, the impact of intellectual property on Slovenia's economic and social development is limited. It is only right that we put it at the heart of value-added and well-being creation in Slovenia as well. We have done this by adopting the National Strategy, which is an important milestone for Slovenia and the Office. It sets the direction of the country in the field of intellectual property and its positioning in the Slovenian context."