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Intellectual Property — Bulgaria


Bojinov & Bojinov Patent, Trademark & Law Offices - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Attracts particular attention for handling of opposition proceedings before the Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO). Also advises on patent filings or EU trade mark registration.

Notable practitioners

Fani Bojinova is co-founder and co-managing partner of the firm and has extensive experience in IP disputes. Sources highlight her prominence in the Bulgarian market and her excellent litigation skills.

Elena Miller offers expertise in trade mark protection and enforcement, and often works on contentious intellectual property mandates concerning copyright and unfair competition. She frequently advises on cross-border cases, and interviewees say she is "excellent in communicating to foreign clients the differences between the legal systems."

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Boyanov & Co. - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Heavyweight practice particularly noted for its work on behalf of clients before the BPO and EUIPO. Acts as Bulgarian agent for numerous domestic and international companies regarding management of their trade mark portfolios. Has built an especially strong reputation for IP litigation, including in issues surrounding patent protection. Also acts on anti-counterfeiting mandates, claims against parallel importers and the intellectual property aspects of new product launches.

Strengths "They have a deep understanding of our business needs and provide very thoughtful, deep analysis," says one client.

"They answer all of my questions at the appropriate level of detail," reports another impressed interviewee, going on to say: "The lawyers are very responsive."

Work highlights Advised Coca-Cola on various IP issues relating to its launch of a new product in Bulgaria. The firm assisted with trade mark registrations and with an analysis of labelling regulations.

Notable practitioners

Kina Chuturkova regularly assists international corporations with the defence of their trade marks and copyrights. Often representing clients in front of the courts, she is described by peers as an "excellent litigator." She has additional expertise in trade mark oppositions and in anti-counterfeiting topics, including customs seizures and related criminal proceedings. She regularly works with clients in the pharmaceutical, FMCG and telecoms sectors.

About the Team (content provided by Boyanov & Co.)

The IP team of BOYANOV & Co. consists of qualified and experienced Bulgarian and European Patent lawyers and Trademark Attorneys. We provide the full spectrum of IP services, including but not limited to:

  • Maintaining portfolios of a great number of nationally filed trademarks;
  • Representation, cancellation, opposition before EUIPO and the Bulgarian Patent Office;
  • Representation before the European Patent Office and the Bulgarian Patent Office for granting patents for inventions and supplementary protection certificates;
  • Validation of a substantial number of European patents before the Bulgarian Patent Office;
  • Excellent cooperation with the Bulgarian customs and law enforcement authorities in the application and implementation of border control measures and IPR enforcement actions in Bulgaria (including related civil actions, criminal and/or administrative procedures);
  • Successful representation before the Commission on Protection of the Competition and in appeal proceedings before the Supreme Administrative Court with respect to cases of unfair competition related to trademark imitation.

​Through the years, BOYANOV & Co. has established extensive IP litigation practice, predominantly in the field of trademark and patent protection by representing a number of globally-known companies: major brand owners operating in various industries, such as tobacco, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, automobile industry, fashion industry, food, beverages, soft drinks, music, and other areas.

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Kambourov & Partners - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Stands out for superb track record in copyright cases on behalf of clients in the media and entertainment industries, including artists and broadcasters. Advises domestic and multinational trade mark and industrial design holders on a wealth of registration, infringement, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting mandates. Assists with patent filings and with third party oppositions to trade mark registrations. Well versed in representing clients before the BPO, EUIPO and World Intellectual Property Organization.

Strengths The team's foresight and communication skills are highlighted by clients: "We are impressed by their ability to foresee the future steps of the adverse party and the court. The team is highly responsive and attentive, which brings fluidity and ease of communication."

Another client notes how hard-working the lawyers are: "They go totally above and beyond what we expect and deliver incredible value in all regards and in a timely manner."

Work highlights Represented Piraeus Bank in a copyright infringement dispute over material used in a promotional video.

Advised Bulgarian online retailer 24OPEN on copyright issues relating to the software used for its website.

Notable practitioners

Margarita Guigova works extensively with clients in the entertainment industry on disputes over the payment of royalties or the unlicensed reproduction of content. She also represents corporate clients in trade mark registration and opposition mandates before national and European IP authorities. Clients appreciate her rigorous and pragmatic approach, citing "her thorough analysis of the matter and her ability to provide practical advice that is focused on long-term results."

About the Team (content provided by Kambourov & Partners)

The IP practice represents both local and multinational trademark and industrial design holders in numerous proceedings before the Bulgarian Patent Office, EUIPO and WIPO. In addition to registration services, the  team concentrates on IP infringement and unfair competition litigation, cross-border licensing, anti-counterfeiting and customs measures. 

With firm positions in the media and show business, the IP team advises all participants in the leisure and entertainment industry – copyright owners, performing artists, TV and movie producers, broadcasters,
collecting societies.   

Furthermore, the department audits intellectual property assets in the context of legal due diligence required for sale, acquisition and securitization purposes. 


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ARSiS Consulting - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for IP boutique with a particular reputation for anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy enforcement. Advises on brand protection through the management of anti-counterfeiting programmes. Has experience in copyright matters for local and multinational companies. Works with clients from the fashion and software sectors.

Strengths Peers note the firm's success in attracting IP enforcement mandates on behalf of major global companies.

Notable practitioners

Velizar Sokolov is a well-known figure in the Bulgarian market. He is reputed for his work on intellectual property rights enforcement, particularly within the field of copyright law and piracy. He also attracts attention for his academic contributions to the development of Bulgarian IP legislation.

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Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Often provides trade mark portfolio management and prosecution services to international clients. Monitors conflicting trade mark applications and advises on oppositions or enforcement actions against infringers. Wider expertise spans patent and copyright work, encompassing both transactional and contentious IP mandates. Acts for a number of international clients, including major technology, media and pharmaceutical companies.

Strengths Clients praise the lawyers' meticulous approach, saying: "I am impressed by their accuracy and precision."

Clients also mention the firm's attentiveness: "The assignments we give them are either urgent or complex, so their responsiveness is something that we really cherish."

Work highlights Advised Fintech Services on a range of trade mark portfolio management and prosecution matters.

Notable practitioners

George Dimitrov and Bilyana Stefanova are the key contacts for the team.

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Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Acts for a range of domestic and international clients on trade mark matters, including registrations and enforcement strategies. Known particularly for its strength in opposing trade mark registrations attempted by rival organisations. Has further experience in anti-counterfeiting mandates and in the transfer of IP rights as part of M&A transactions.

Strengths One client praises the lawyers' "high level of knowledge and skills," while another notes: "They are very efficient and diligent."

Work highlights Represented AVIA International in its opposition to another company's application to register an identical trade mark.

Acted for Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique on trade mark registration, cancellation and renewal proceedings before the BPO.

Notable practitioners

Kalina Tchakarova regularly assists clients with trade mark matters, including registrations and renewals. She challenges trade mark applications made by competitors and assists with invalidation requests against EU trade marks or designs. Peers identify her as "an experienced litigator" and note her further expertise in IP-driven M&A transactions.

About the Team (content provided by Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov)

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov and Velichkov represents and provides consultation and advice to a large number of national and international clients in all aspects of intellectual property :

  • filing, prosecution, opposition, cancellation and revocation of patents, trademarks and all other types of industrial property;
  • industrial property searches;
  • portfolio management;
  • renewal and maintenance;
  • conduct of intellectual property due diligence and audit;
  • drafting, negotiation and registration of licensing and pledge agreements;
  • representation before the courts of law of all instances in cases, involving infringement of intellectual property rights;
  • advice on all aspects of copyright and information technology, including assignment;
  • advice on in-kind contributions of intellectual property rights;
  • representation in cases involving imposition of border control measures;
  • advice on all forms of transactions affecting intellectual property rights.

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Pavlov & Co - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Boutique firm with notable expertise in the food and drink, fashion, pharmaceutical and entertainment sectors. Assists an impressive client list with anti-counterfeiting, brand protection and trade mark registration matters. Handles opposition proceedings before Bulgarian and EU trade mark authorities and assists with subsequent appeals. Attracts further attention from peers for contributions to legislative reform.

Strengths Clients appreciate "the in-depth analysis of local IP law that we receive, the lawyers' speed of response and their extensive coverage of all IP issues."

Another interviewee says: "The lawyers are proactive and try to find different solutions to the more complicated cases."

Work highlights Assisted EUI Limited with opposition proceedings before the BPO and with the subsequent enforcement of its ADMIRAL trade mark against an infringing Bulgarian competitor.

Advised ePay on the protection of its IP rights against a competitor seeking to operate under the brand iPay. The firm assisted with opposition actions and with unfair competition proceedings before the Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court.

Notable practitioners

Vasil Pavlov is a highly regarded litigator and is commended by clients for his "excellent knowledge of the law and of the practice of the BPO and the courts." He assists local and international companies with a range of trade mark disputes, including oppositions to trade mark registrations. He advised Hadjiiski & Familia on its trade mark dispute with a competitor in the dairy products industry.

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Eminent Practitioner

Bojinov & Bojinov Patent, Trademark & Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Fani Bojinova is co-founder and co-managing partner of the firm and has extensive experience in IP disputes. Sources highlight her prominence in the Bulgarian market and her excellent litigation skills.

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Eminent Practitioner

Interius

From the Chambers Europe guide

Olga Sirakova of Interius is acknowledged by peers for her wealth of experience in IP law matters, especially those relating to trade marks. Sources identify her as one of the most highly regarded figures in the Bulgarian market.

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Margarita Guigova

Kambourov & Partners

From the Chambers Europe guide

Margarita Guigova works extensively with clients in the entertainment industry on disputes over the payment of royalties or the unlicensed reproduction of content. She also represents corporate clients in trade mark registration and opposition mandates before national and European IP authorities. Clients appreciate her rigorous and pragmatic approach, citing "her thorough analysis of the matter and her ability to provide practical advice that is focused on long-term results."

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Pavlov & Co

From the Chambers Europe guide

Vasil Pavlov is a highly regarded litigator and is commended by clients for his "excellent knowledge of the law and of the practice of the BPO and the courts." He assists local and international companies with a range of trade mark disputes, including oppositions to trade mark registrations. He advised Hadjiiski & Familia on its trade mark dispute with a competitor in the dairy products industry.

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Kalina Tchakarova

Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kalina Tchakarova regularly assists clients with trade mark matters, including registrations and renewals. She challenges trade mark applications made by competitors and assists with invalidation requests against EU trade marks or designs. Peers identify her as "an experienced litigator" and note her further expertise in IP-driven M&A transactions.

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Boyanov & Co.

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kina Chuturkova regularly assists international corporations with the defence of their trade marks and copyrights. Often representing clients in front of the courts, she is described by peers as an "excellent litigator." She has additional expertise in trade mark oppositions and in anti-counterfeiting topics, including customs seizures and related criminal proceedings. She regularly works with clients in the pharmaceutical, FMCG and telecoms sectors.

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ARSiS Consulting

From the Chambers Europe guide

Velizar Sokolov is a well-known figure in the Bulgarian market. He is reputed for his work on intellectual property rights enforcement, particularly within the field of copyright law and piracy. He also attracts attention for his academic contributions to the development of Bulgarian IP legislation.

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Manev & Partners law firm

From the Chambers Europe guide

Kostadin Manev is managing partner of Manev & Partners law firm and provides expertise in trade mark matters on a local and European level. Peers note his previous experience working within the BPO and his activity defending Bulgarian clients in unfair competition cases.

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Bojinov & Bojinov Patent, Trademark & Law Offices

From the Chambers Europe guide

Elena Miller offers expertise in trade mark protection and enforcement, and often works on contentious intellectual property mandates concerning copyright and unfair competition. She frequently advises on cross-border cases, and interviewees say she is "excellent in communicating to foreign clients the differences between the legal systems."

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Aneta Stoikova Tadjer

Turcu, Tadjer & Turcu OOD

From the Chambers Europe guide

Aneta Stoikova Tadjer of Turcu, Tadjer & Turcu OOD is well known for her work in anti-counterfeiting. Sources appreciate her constructive approach to negotiations and describe her as "very knowledgeable."

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