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A new law on trademarks and geographical indications took effect in Bulgaria.
Wolf Theiss
Substantive protection and enhanced procedural framework covering goods and services, business need to implement trade secrets strategies, including identification, protection measures and structure properly potential claims.
Gugushev & Partners Law Office
In general the protection of intellectual property rights over products related to or originating in a defined geographical area is based on the legal concept of a "geographical indication."
Bulgarian officials at the Customs Office in Plovdiv, central Bulgaria, seized thousands of counterfeit toys, work gloves and watches while inspecting three trucks with Iranian license plates.
The SCA overruled the ACSC’s decision and issued a new one establishing the defendant acted in bad faith when filing the two trademark applications.
On August 24 and September 4, 2012, the Bulgarian customs officials destroyed a significant quantity of counterfeit items, which were seized earlier this year at the Kapitan Andreevo border crossing point, southern Bulgaria.
The Sofia City Court (SCC) has recently issued a decision stating that the Bulgarian producer and importer of canned fruit and vegetables Misota did not act in bad faith when filing the trademark application MIRELA (combined application No. 91118; November 9, 2006).
The Bulgarian customs officials have recently seized a considerable quantity of apparel bearing well-known brand names, believed to be counterfeit.
The decision of the SAC is final and not subject to appeal.
On September 27, 2010, the Bulgarian police officials, in cooperation with the Business Software Alliance (BSA) representatives, seized a computer with unlicensed software, during their inspection of the company "R" OOD, which sells computers with preinstalled business software in the town of Blagoevgrad, southwestern Bulgaria.
During their recent inspection of a large wholesale outlet in the capital city of Sofia, the Bulgarian police officials, in cooperation with the Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO), seized a considerable number of counterfeit luxury goods.
Schoenherr Attorneys at Law
The draft amendment to the current Bulgarian trademark law, which provides for major changes to trademark registration procedures, has passed the first round of voting in the National Assembly.
European Union
Penkov, Markov & Partners
It is of utmost importance to provide legal means by which the unitary rights already acquired within the EU will continue to have effect for the UK territory after BREXIT.
On March 23, 2016, the EU Regulation 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and of the Council (the EUTM Regulation) came into force amending the Community Trademark Regulation.
In the period August 17 - September 4, the Romanian customs officials seized perfumes and apparel believed to be counterfeit, valued at approximately EUR 200,000 (USD 260,000).
During regular controls at Macedonia’s border crossings in the period August 27 – September 13, 2012, the customs officials seized a considerable quantity of goods bearing well-known brand names, believed to be counterfeit.
Considering Russia’s growing economic presence in Montenegro, when obtaining trademark protection in Russia, it may be wise to do the same in the small Balkan country on the Adriatic Sea.
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