Bulgaria (BG)

As Office of a Designated Contracting Party

Request for extension of protection

The Office republishes notifications of international registration, subsequent designation or renewal received from the International Bureau.

Examination Procedure

Absolute grounds.

Opposition Procedure

Between the 6th and the 9th month starting on the date of the republication of the international registration and the subsequent designation in the Official Gazette of the Patent Office of Bulgaria.

Time Limit for Responding to Provisional Refusal

Three months following the date of notification of refusal by the Office (extendable for further three months).

Administrative and judicial remedies in case of refusal issued by the Office

Administrative procedure for a review in the Patent Office stipulated in Art. 42 of Law on Trademarks and Geographical Indications. These decisions may be appealed in the Administrative Court.

Last updated on: January 10, 2014