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09-20-2017 (Newsletter Issue 16/17)
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New Ordinance on IP Representatives Adopted

On August 4, 2017, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers adopted a new Ordinance on Industrial Property Representatives, regulating the requirements for representatives in the field of industrial property.

The Ordinance entered into force on September 8, 2017 and introduces the possibility for industrial property representatives to exercise their profession in partnerships. All individuals wishing to become representatives will be required to pass a qualifying exam. A register of approved representatives will be made available on the Bulgarian Patent Office’s website.

The new Ordinance aligns Bulgarian legislation concerning IP representatives with Directive 2006/123/EC and Directive 2005/36/EC.