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Europe Guide

Intellectual Property — Bulgaria

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-established boutique that remains one of Bulgaria's most respected advisers on IP matters. Assists a broad range of clients with a variety of trade mark, copyright and patent matters, including anti-counterfeiting and unfair competition mandates.

Strengths Sources state that this is "one of the best local firms for IP," and remains "a leader in this market." Interviewees also highlight its "very significant market share." 

Peers note the team's strong technical abilities and deep knowledge of IP law.

Notable practitioners  

Co-managing partner Fani Bojinova is a highly experienced litigator who is well known for her frequent representation of US and other overseas clients before the Bulgarian courts. She is noted for her good judgement, as well as her "in-depth knowledge of IP."

Peers regard Elena Miller as "a good practitioner," adding that she is very well known in the Bulgarian market. Her practice has a particular emphasis on litigation, including unfair competition and trade mark infringement cases.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Heavyweight practice particularly noted for its work on behalf of clients before the Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO) and EUIPO. Also acts as Bulgarian agent for numerous domestic and international companies regarding management of their trade mark portfolios. The firm has built an especially strong reputation for IP litigation, including in issues surrounding trade marks and patent protection.

Strengths Sources describe the team as "very good lawyers," who "understand both the theoretical and practical points." 

Peers state that "the IP practice is well developed and its experts are well prepared."

Work highlights Successfully represented Coca-Cola in a long-running trade mark infringement case concerning its Coca-Cola and Fanta soft drinks brands.

Assisted the Lycamobile Group with its opposition to a trade mark registration filed by a Bulgarian company.

Significant clients Hoffmann-La Roche, MGM, Vodafone, Philip Morris.

Notable practitioners 

Sources describe Kina Chuturkova as a "top litigator" who provides excellent counsel, both in IP matters and more generally in commercial dispute resolution. Interviewees also praise her responsiveness and find her to be "very thorough and attentive to detail."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: George Dimitrov
- 2 partners 
- 4 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Growing practice that often advises on the IP aspects of major corporate transactions. Expertise spans trade mark, patent and copyright work, encompassing both transactional and contentious IP. Acts for a number of international clients, including major technology, media and pharmaceuticals companies. 

Strengths Sources report that the team is "very responsive, thorough and diligent in its work."

Clients praise the department's "outstanding service" and the "concise and timely manner" in which it provides advice.

Work highlights Providing ongoing advice to Google on a range of copyright and internet-related regulatory issues.

Defended Italian company Inalca in trade mark opposition proceedings concerning its MONTANA trade mark.

Significant clients mobile.de, Cash Credit, Ajay Devgn FFilms.

Notable practitioners  

George Dimitrov and Bilyana Stefanova are key contacts for any queries.

Since publication, Plamena A Georgieva has left this practice.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Margarita Guigova
- 1 partner 
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises domestic and multinational trade mark and industrial design holders on a wealth of registration, infringement, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting mandates. Well versed in representing clients before the BPO, EUIPO and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Possesses significant experience advising participants in the leisure and entertainment industries, including artists, broadcasters and copyright owners.

Strengths Clients are consistently impressed with the IP department, highlighting its "down-to-earth approach and ability to go beyond legal interpretations." Sources also state that the team's strong strategic sense "helps our business move forward."

According to interviewees, the IP department "delivers high-quality work within tight deadlines."

Work highlights Advised Bulgarian food company Prestige-96 on a wide range of copyright issues relating to the advertising campaigns for several of its biscuit and cake brands.

Advised Kamenitza, part of the Molson Coors Group, on its acquisition of the publishing rights to a book on the history of its Plovdiv brewery.

Significant clients Alen Mak Bulgaria, Mlin-97, Interval International.

Notable practitioners  

Margarita Guigova is described by sources as "a remarkable lawyer" who is both decisive and business oriented. Sources say: "Her advice is comprehensive and practical. She has great business awareness and a strong knowledge of the domestic and European legislation."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for IP boutique with a particular reputation for anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy enforcement. Manages anti-counterfeiting programmes for a number of multinational brand owners. Also assists national and international companies with trade mark and copyright matters.

Notable practitioners 

Managing partner Velizar Sokolov is well known within the market, and is described by sources as a "very good" lawyer. He has written and lectured widely on Bulgarian IP issues, and speaks both English and Russian. 

Andrea Andreev advises clients on a broad range of IP matters, including opposition cases before the BPO. He is particularly known for his trade mark work.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Kalina Tchakarova
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for a range of domestic and international clients on trade mark matters, licensing, ownership transfers and enforcement strategies. Sources highlight the strength of its prosecution practice.

Strengths Clients describe the team as "business-oriented professionals with a good comprehension of specific market realities."

Work highlights Acts for Facebook on ongoing trade mark enforcement proceedings before the BPO.

Significant clients Warner Bros., Instagram, Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits, Deutsche Telekom.

Notable practitioners  

Kalina Tchakarova heads the IP department. Peers describe her as "very knowledgeable" and "very diligent," highlighting her many years' experience in this field. Her advice spans all aspects of IP law. Sources also note her detail-oriented approach. 

Teodora Tsenova advises clients on all aspects of IP protection and enforcement. Sources describe her as a commercially minded lawyer who "always meets deadlines and delivers excellent quality work."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

What the team is known for Well-established firm providing guidance on a wide range of IP matters. Frequently advises clients regarding trade mark issues and design registration before the Bulgarian and European Patent Offices, as well as the OHIM and WIPO.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Kostadin Manev is a former president of the BPO, and has also served as head of the Bulgarian delegation at the WIPO General Assembly. He has particular expertise relating to trade marks and industrial designs.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Europe guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Vasil Pavlov, Momchil Lazarov and Sevdalina Drehemova
- 4 partners 
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Boutique firm with notable prosecution expertise in the food and beverage, fashion, pharmaceuticals and entertainment sectors. Assists an impressive client list with anti-counterfeiting, brand protection and trade mark registration matters. Also noted for its litigation practice.

Work highlights Advising the Bulgarian electronic payment system ePay on its branding dispute with a company attempting to register a similar name.

Represented Chernomorsko Zlato in its attempt to have the description 'Almond Aperitif' registered as a word mark by the BPO. 

Significant clients Lacoste, Devin, Egidio Galbani, Karmela, Black Sea Gold.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Vasil Pavlov has extensive experience in IP-related litigation. He continues to command great respect among interviewees, with sources hailing him as a "standout" practitioner and "one of the most notable IP lawyers in Bulgaria." He regularly acts for well-known brands on enforcement and opposition proceedings before the BPO.

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Eminent Practitioner

Bojinov & Bojinov Patent, Trademark & Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Co-managing partner Fani Bojinova is a highly experienced litigator who is well known for her frequent representation of US and other overseas clients before the Bulgarian courts. She is noted for her good judgement, as well as her "in-depth knowledge of IP."

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Eminent Practitioner

Interius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olga Sirakova of Interius is acknowledged as one of the most experienced IP lawyers in the market. Peers continue to hold her in high regard. 

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Band 1

Kambourov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Margarita Guigova is described by sources as "a remarkable lawyer" who is both decisive and business oriented. Sources say: "Her advice is comprehensive and practical. She has great business awareness and a strong knowledge of the domestic and European legislation."

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Band 1

Pavlov & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Vasil Pavlov has extensive experience in IP-related litigation. He continues to command great respect among interviewees, with sources hailing him as a "standout" practitioner and "one of the most notable IP lawyers in Bulgaria." He regularly acts for well-known brands on enforcement and opposition proceedings before the BPO.

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Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kalina Tchakarova heads the IP department. Peers describe her as "very knowledgeable" and "very diligent," highlighting her many years' experience in this field. Her advice spans all aspects of IP law. Sources also note her detail-oriented approach. 

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Band 2

Boyanov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources describe Kina Chuturkova as a "top litigator" who provides excellent counsel, both in IP matters and more generally in commercial dispute resolution. Interviewees also praise her responsiveness and find her to be "very thorough and attentive to detail."

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Band 2

ARSiS Consulting

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Velizar Sokolov is well known within the market, and is described by sources as a "very good" lawyer. He has written and lectured widely on Bulgarian IP issues, and speaks both English and Russian. 

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Band 3

Manev & Partners law firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Managing partner Kostadin Manev is a former president of the BPO, and has also served as head of the Bulgarian delegation at the WIPO General Assembly. He has particular expertise relating to trade marks and industrial designs.

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Band 3

Bojinov & Bojinov Patent, Trademark & Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Peers regard Elena Miller as "a good practitioner," adding that she is very well known in the Bulgarian market. Her practice has a particular emphasis on litigation, including unfair competition and trade mark infringement cases.

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Band 3

Turcu, Tadjer & Turcu OOD

From the Chambers Europe guide

Sources state that Aneta Stoikova Tadjer of Turcu, Tadjer & Turcu OOD is "very efficient," and note her considerable expertise in anti-counterfeiting and trade mark protection work.

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Associates to watch

ARSiS Consulting

From the Chambers Europe guide

Andrea Andreev advises clients on a broad range of IP matters, including opposition cases before the BPO. He is particularly known for his trade mark work.

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Associates to watch

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Teodora Tsenova advises clients on all aspects of IP protection and enforcement. Sources describe her as a commercially minded lawyer who "always meets deadlines and delivers excellent quality work."

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