Implications of Brexit regarding EU trademarks and industrial designs

The United Kingdom and the EU have ratified the Withdrawal Agreement. With this, on 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom left the European Union, and the so-called transitional period (from 1 February 2020 to 31 December 2020) began. During the transitional period, EU law will continue to apply in the United Kingdom. Implications of Brexit […]


Revocation of a trademark registration

This publication will describe the procedure for revocation (cancellation) of trademarks. The invalidation of trademark registration will be described in the next article. Grounds for revocation of a trademark registration Trademark registration may be revoked on the following grounds, namely: If within a period of five years following the registration, the proprietor has not put […]


What are the most significant changes to the new Law on Marks and Geographical Indications?

The Official Section of the State Gazette No. 98 of December 13, 2019, promulgates the new Law on Marks and Geographical Indications (LMGI), which was adopted by the National Assembly on November 28, 2019. The law comes into force three days after its promulgation. The Council of Ministers shall, within 6 months from the entry […]


Series of trademarks (family of trademarks)

In this publication, more information about the series of trademarks (or the so-called family of trademarks) will be provided. In the series of trademarks, there is a sufficient degree of connectivity between the marks which leads to the possibility for consumers to believe that the goods and/or services originate from the same or economically related […]


Third party objections against an application for registration of a trademark

In one of the previous articles, we have described the procedure of opposition against an application for registration of a national trademark filed at the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria. This publication will provide more information on the objections that any person may file against a trademark registration on the absolute grounds for […]


What will happen with the European Union trademarks and industrial designs after Brexit?

On 23 June 2016, the citizens of the United Kingdom`s (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU), making the overall process of leaving, even today, better known by the English combination of the words “Brexit” (“Britain” and “exit”). Along with the overall political negotiations over the “activation” of Art. 50 of the Treaty on […]


Opposition against an application for registration of a trademark

Many trademarks have been registered over the years and more and more applications for trademarks are submitted every day. This often leads to a conflict of interests between different competitors. Following the amendments made in March 2011 of the Law on Marks and Geographical Indications (LMGI), a trademark opposition procedure, the so-called opposition system, was […]


Protection of a trademark

In the course of the successful development and market imposition of every trademark, several stages can be identified, namely: The first stage is the creation of the trademark and namely its vision that will be aimed at the specific consumers that will be targeted. The second stage is the registration of the mark since only […]