Publications

 

International industrial design registration

International design registration is administered by the International Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), located in Geneva, Switzerland. The Hague Agreement establishes an international registration system, which allows design owners to obtain protection for their industrial designs in countries that are parties to the agreement (more than 80 countries) through filing one single […]

 

Invalidation of a trademark registration

This article will focus on the topic of invalidation of trademark registration. The revocation of trademark registration was explored in detail in one of the previous articles. Grounds for invalidation of a trademark registration Any person who believes that the registration of a trademark has been done in violation of the provisions of the Law […]

 

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 […]

 

Refusal of registration of a trademark on absolute grounds

Last updated: 03.01.2020. This publication fully complies with the provisions of the new Law on Marks and Geographical Indications, promulgated on 13.12.2019. This publication will provide more information about the refusal of registration of a trademark on absolute grounds and what is the procedure for protection when the trademark has been refused on absolute grounds. […]

 

Third party objections against an application for registration of a trademark

Last updated: 03.01.2020. This publication fully complies with the provisions of the new Law on Marks and Geographical Indications, promulgated on 13.12.2019. 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 […]

 

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 […]