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Patent

General information about patent granting system in Bulgaria

In order to file a patent application in Bulgaria we require:

  • 1. Title of invention.
  • 2. The name and address of the applicant / applicants.
  • 3. The name and address of the inventor / inventors.
  • 4. Priority document – if claimed priority.
  • 5. Specification of the invention, claims, abstract and drawings.
  • 6. Power of attorney (DOC - 18 K)

Detailed information of the documents required

Official publication of an application is within 18 months from the filing date.

Examination of an application is upon request.

Final decision of examination department 36 - 48 months as from the filing date.

Patent granting (issue of the protective document) after the decision of the examination department.

Fees due after grant decision:

  • 1. Issue of a patent.
  • 2. Publication of a patent.
  • 3. First annuities.

Period of validity of the granted patent: 20 years from the filing date.

Patent for inventions are granted for inventions, which are:

  • 1. New – the invention will be considered novel when it is not found in the state of the art.
  • 2. Have an inventive step.
  • 3. Have an industrial application

FILING – DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION REQUIRED

BULGARIAN PATENT APPLICATIONS

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the applicant/applicants on filing
I The name and the address of the inventor/inventors on filing
D Specification and drawings in any language (by e-mail) on filing
D Claims and abstract in any language (by e-mail) within 3 months from the filing date
D Translation of the specification, drawings, claims and abstract into Bulgarian within 3 months from the filing date
I Convention priority – 12 months;
state, date and number of the previous application
within 2 months from the filing date
D Priority document – Certificate issued by the relevant Patent Office (by post) within 3 months from the filing date
D Translation of the priority document – only if the Bulgarian Patent Office requires the applicant to submit it within 3 months after the date of notification
D Power of attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) within 3 months from the filing date

PCT – NATIONAL PHASE IN BULGARIA (AS DESIGNATED OR ELECTED OFFICE)

D/I Documents or information When required
I International application number on filing – within 31 months after the earliest priority date
D Translation of the specification, drawings, claims and abstract into Bulgarian within 3 months from the filing date
D Power of attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) within 3 months from the filing date

NEW EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the applicant/applicants on filing
I The name and the address of the inventor/inventors on filing
D Specification, claims, abstract and drawings in English; national of the EPC Member States may file in the language of the respective State, a translation into official language has to be filed within 3 months from the filing date on filing
I Convention priority – 12 months;
state, date and number of the previous application
on filing
D Priority document – A copy of the previous application and certificate issued by the relevant Patent Office; no priority document required if the previous application is EP, EP-PCT, JP or JP-PCT application within 16(13) months after the earliest date of priority
D/I Translation of the priority document time limits fixed by the EPO
I Designations of the contracting States on filing

PCT – REGIONAL PHASE BEFORE THE EPO

D/I Documents or information When required
I International application number on filing within 31 months of the earliest priority date
I Specifications, claims, abstract and drawings in English, French or German; national of the EPC Member States may file in the language of the respective State, a translation into official language has to be filed within 3 months from the filing date (by post or e-mail) on filing
I Designations of the contracting States on filing

EUROPEAN PATENT – VALIDATION IN BULGARIA

D/I Documents or information When required
I Number of the European Patent
Grant Decision
on filing
D Power of Attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) on filing

Trade Mark

General information about trademark registration system in Bulgaria

First as the Bulgarian Trade Mark Law protects the first to file we strongly suggest making a preliminary search.

We can make a quick search in Bulgarian Trade Mark register for a few days. You will receive a search report by fax or e-mail and our statement for the best way to protect your trade mark in Bulgaria.

To file a trade mark application in Bulgaria we need the following information:

  • 1. The name and address of the applicant / applicants.
  • 2. The Trade mark to be registered.
  • 3. The list of goods and / or services.
  • 4. Priority document (if claimed convention or exhibition priority).
  • 5. Power of attorney (DOC - 18 K)

Detailed information of the documents required

The period for examination and registration of a trade mark is about 8 - 14 months.

The term of trade mark protection in Bulgaria is 10 years from the filing date. This term may be renewed in every 10 years.

BULGARIAN TRADE MARKS – DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION REQUIRED

BULGARIAN TRADE MARK APPLICATION

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the applicant/applicants on filing
I/D The Trade Mark to be registered:
1. Word marks – indication of the trade mark.
2. Word & Device trade marks – a graphic representation of the trade mark (by e-mail)
3. Three dimensional trade marks – a two dimensional representation of the trade mark.
on filing
I The list of goods and / or services in any language (one application can include goods and services) – in accordance to International Nice Classification, if possible on filing
I Translation of the list of goods and / or services into Bulgarian on filing
I Convention priority – 6 months;
State, date and number of the previous application
within 2 months from the filing date
I Exhibition priority – 6 months;
State and date of exhibition
within 2 months from the filing date
D Priority document – A copy of the first application or a certificate issued by the administration department of the exhibition within 3 months from the filing date
D Translation of the priority document (if necessary) within 3 months from the filing date
D Power of Attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) within 3 months from the filing date

TRADE MARK RENEWAL APPLICATION

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the trade mark holder on filing
I The name, number and priority date of the trade mark on filing
D Power of Attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) on filing

CHANGE OF THE NAME AND/OR ADDRESS OF THE HOLDER

D/I Documents or information When required
I The previous name and/or address of the holder on filing
I The new name and/or address of the holder on filing
I The name, number and priority date of the trade mark on filing
D Documentary evidence of a change on filing
D Translation of documentary evidence of a change into Bulgarian on filing
D Power of Attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) on filing

ASSIGNMENT OF A TRADE MARK

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the previous holder on filing
I The name and the address of the new holder on filing
I The name, number and priority date of the trade mark on filing
D Documentary evidence of a transfer on filing
D Translation of the documentary evidence of a transfer into Bulgarian on filing
D Power of Attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) on filing

Industrial Design

General information about industrial design registration system in Bulgaria

Several designs may be filed in one multiple application upon the condition that the designs belong to one and the same class of the International Classification (Locarno classification) or to one set of products.

To file an industrial design application in Bulgaria we need the following information:

  • 1. The name and address of the applicant / applicants.
  • 2. The name and address of the creator of the design.
  • 3. The name of the design / designs.
  • 4. The design/ designs to be registered.
  • 5. Priority document (if claimed convention or exhibition priority).

Detailed information of the documents required

The registration procedure lasts about 12 months.

The term of industrial design protection in Bulgaria is 10 years from the filing date. This term may renewed 3 times for 5 years.

BULGARIAN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN – DOCUMENTS AND INFORMATION REQUIRED

BULGARIAN INDUSTRIAL DESIGN APPLICATION

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the applicant/applicants on filing
I The name and the address of the designer/s on filing
I Indication of the design / designs on filing
D/I Graphical representations of the design / designs on filing
I Convention priority – 6 months;
State, date and number of the previous application
within 2 months from the filing date
I Exhibition priority – 6 months;
State and date of exhibition
within 2 months from the filing date
D Priority document – A copy of the first application or a certificate issued by the administration department of the exhibition within 3 months from the filing date
D Translation of the priority document (if necessary) within 3 months from the filing date
D Power of Attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) within 3 months from the filing date

DESIGN RENEWAL APPLICATION

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the holder on filing
I Number and priority date of the design on filing
D Power of Attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) on filing

CHANGE OF THE NAME AND/OR ADDRESS OT THE HOLDER

D/I Documents or information When required
I The previous name and/or address of the holder on filing
I The new name and/or address of the holder on filing
I Number and priority date of the design on filing
D Documentary evidence of a change on filing
D Translation of the documentary evidence of a change into Bulgarian on filing
D Power of Attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) on filing

ASSIGNMENT OF A DESIGN

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the previous holder on filing
I The name and the address of the new holder on filing
I Number and priority date of the design on filing
D Documentary evidence of a transfer on filing
D Translation of the documentary evidence of a transfer into Bulgarian on filing
D Power of Attorney – Bulgarian Patent Office (DOC - 18 K) on filing

Trademark EU

COMMUNITY TRADE MARK APPLICATION

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the applicant/applicants on filing
I/D Trade Mark to be registered:
1. Word marks – indication of the trade mark.
2. Word & Device trade marks – a graphic representation of the trade mark (by e-mail)
on filing
I The list of goods and / or services in accordance to International Nice Classification, if possible on filing
I

Priority Claim – 6 months
State, date and number of the previous application, or

Date and place of the Exibition

within 2 months from the filing date
I

Seniority Claim

State, date and number of the previous application/registration

within 2 months from the filing date
D Priority document – A copy of the first application or a certificate issued by the administration department of the exhibition within 2 months from the filing date
D Seniority Document – copy of previous trade mark or other appropriate document within 2 months from the filing date
D Power of attorney– Community Trade Mark/Design  

TRADE MARK RENEWAL APPLICATION

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the trade mark holder on filing
I The name, number and priority date of the trade mark on filing
D Power of attorney– Community Trade Mark/Design on filing

CHANGE OF THE NAME AND/OR ADDRESS OT THE TRADE MARK HOLDER

D/I Documents or information When required
I The previous name and/or address of the holder on filing
I The new name and/or address of the holder on filing
I The name, number and priority date of the trade mark on filing
D Documentary evidence of a change (optional) on filing
D Power of attorney– Community Trade Mark/Design on filing

ASSIGNMENT OF A TRADE MARK

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the previous holder on filing
I The name and the address of the new holder on filing
I The name, number and priority date of the trade mark on filing
D Documentary evidence of a transfer (optional) on filing
D Power of attorney– Community Trade Mark/Design on filing

Design EU

COMMUNITY DESIGN REGISTRATION

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the applicants on filing
I The name and the address of the designer/s on filing
I/D Graphical representation of the design/s on filing
I Indication of product/s on filing
I Priority Claim – 6 months
State, date and number of the previous application, or
Date and place of the Exhibition
on filing
D Priority document – A copy of the first application or a certificate issued by the administration department of the exhibition within 3 months from the filing date

COMMUNITY DESIGN RENEWAL APPLICATION

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the holder on filing
I Number and priority date of the design on filing
D Power of attorney – Community Trade Mark/Design - optional on filing

CHANGE OF THE NAME AND/OR ADDRESS OT THE HOLDER

D/I Documents or information When required
I The previous name and/or address of the holder on filing
I The new name and/or address of the holder on filing
I Number and priority date of the design on filing
D Documentary evidence of a change (optional) on filing
D Power of attorney – Community Trade Mark/Design - optional on filing

ASSIGNMENT OF A COMMUNITY DESIGN

D/I Documents or information When required
I The name and the address of the previous holder on filing
I The name and the address of the new holder on filing
I Number and priority date of the design on filing
D Documentary evidence of a transfer (optional) on filing
D Power of attorney – Community Trade Mark/Design - optional on filing

Bulinvent® Ltd. is established in 1997 in Sofia, Bulgaria and offers full range of services in industrial property field - inventions, trademarks and industrial design.

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