In recent years, there has been high activity in the field of intellectual property protection in Bulgaria – the number of registered trademarks, industrial designs, inventions and utility models is increasing. The registration of thousands of industrial property sites also leads to numerous conflicts of interest between different competitors.
To provide more effective protection for our customers, we have developed a special package of monitoring services called IP WATCH, with the following versions:
Amendments to the Trademarks and Geographical Indications Act Following the amendments to the LMGI, which have been in force since August 2005, the TRADEMARK WATCH service has become very useful and necessary for trademark owners. According to these changes, the Bulgarian Patent Office publishes all trademark applications and each person has the opportunity to file an objection against this application before it is registered.
Bulgaria and the European Union
After Bulgaria’s accession to the European Union, many changes took place in the state of the system for protection of industrial property. The registration of a European trademark also operates on the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, as this registration system differs from the existing in Bulgaria system for registration of a national trademark. When registering a European trade mark, no official examination shall be carried out for the existence of previously registered similar trade marks for the territories of the Member States.
This task is left entirely in the hands of trademark owners who have the right to oppose the registration of the European mark applied for if they consider that this mark would infringe their earlier rights (their previously applied for or registered mark, or other earlier rights under the European Trademark Registration Regulation). In connection with this new opportunity to register a trademark for the territory of Bulgaria, it is very important to obtain timely information about the emergence of new similar trademark applications.