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Intellectual property protection system in Bulgaria

Intellectual Property in Bulgaria

1. Bulgaria general info

Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country located in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the North, Serbia and Macedonia to the West, Greece and Turkey to the South and the Black Sea to the East. With a territory of 110,994 square kilometres (42,855 sq mi), Bulgaria is European's 14th-largest country. 

International Country Code:  BG

Time Zone:    UTC+2, Summer UTC+3                        

Currency:   Bulgarian Lev (BGN)

See brief information about Patent registration in Bulgaria (non-PCT)

See brief information about Bulgarian PCT national phase (application under PCT)

See brief information about Trademark registration in Bulgaria

See brief information about Industrial Design registration in Bulgaria

See brief information about Validation of a European Patent in Bulgaria

2. IP Legal Base in Bulgaria

Law of Bulgaria on Patents and Utility Models
Law of Bulgaria on Marks and Geographical Indications
Law of Bulgaria on Industrial Designs
Law of Bulgaria on Copyright and Neighboring Rights
Law of Bulgaria on Commerce
Law of Bulgaria on the Protection of New Plant Varieties and Animal Breeds
Law of Bulgaria on Topography of Integrated Circuits
Law of Bulgaria on the Protection of Competition

3. International organizations/agreements

Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances
Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty
WIPO Copyright Treaty
Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks
Vienna Agreement Establishing the International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks
Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms
Rome Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations
Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Patent Cooperation Treaty
Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Micro-organisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure
Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration
Madrid Agreement for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source on Goods
Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property

4. Patent Office Contact Details

Patent Office of Republic of Bulgaria
52 b Dr. G.M.Dimitrov Blvd.
Sofia 1040
Phone: +359 2 97 01 321
Fax: +359 2 873 52 58
Email: services@bpo.bg

5. IP registration costs

Fees associated with registration of IP rights in Bulgaria are available in the fee calculator.

Brief summary is based on the information provided by PATENT UNIVERSE Valentina Nesheva Ltd. on 22/11/2017
Please contact us if the above information contains any discrepancies with Bulgarian IP Laws