Statistical Country Profiles

Bulgaria

Population (Million): 7.08 (2017)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 131.35 (2017)

 

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy

Year

Patent

Trademark

Industrial Design

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2008

430

58,628

 

115.70

2009

397

48,866

 

111.55

2010

391

59,887

4,726

113.03

2011

395

69,483

6,754

115.19

2012

371

70,229

12,714

115.23

2013

500

59,901

26,359

116.22

2014

467

75,522

29,318

117.77

2015

512

72,962

25,544

122.03

2016

427

76,050

17,069

126.84

2017

425

66,903

17,816

131.35

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

264

22

166

2009

259

24

138

2010

252

17

139

2011

278

21

117

2012

257

14

114

2013

304

15

196

2014

250

16

217

2015

313

11

199

2016

249

11

178

2017

233

23

192

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

99

173

54

2009

138

109

60

2010

124

130

89

2011

69

67

67

2012

62

44

37

2013

72

58

59

2014

63

16

75

2015

35

9

69

2016

47

6

103

2017

91

8

101

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2008

4,981

2009

5,919

2010

6,812

2011

7,399

2012

8,486

2013

9,378

2014

10,203

2015

10,721

2016

11,511

2017

12,039

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

130

13

3

2009

170

8

6

2010

165

13

1

2011

207

17

2

2012

191

19

4

2013

361

11

10

2014

220

13

20

2015

263

9

8

2016

450

12

17

2017

264

17

31

 

Trademark

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

23,003

10,211

35,625

2009

15,600

6,457

33,266

2010

15,723

5,474

44,164

2011

15,099

5,492

54,384

2012

15,054

4,862

55,175

2013

13,965

5,238

45,936

2014

15,497

4,282

60,025

2015

15,572

3,994

57,390

2016

16,105

3,887

59,945

2017

15,129

4,114

51,774

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

17,703

16,187

20,626

2009

14,252

9,374

24,390

2010

10,390

8,178

30,401

2011

8,002

7,697

33,139

2012

13,528

6,329

34,571

2013

14,333

5,823

35,399

2014

10,444

4,585

45,577

2015

8,340

4,356

46,966

2016

11,426

3,711

43,143

2017

14,917

4,681

53,418

 

Industrial Design

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

2,862

2009

 

 

3,874

2010

672

39

4,054

2011

818

50

5,936

2012

1,172

181

11,542

2013

1,733

251

24,626

2014

1,897

45

27,421

2015

1,486

138

24,058

2016

1,226

277

15,843

2017

1,239

266

16,577

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

 

4,049

2009

 

 

3,529

2010

508

51

2,858

2011

818

53

5,491

2012

993

174

9,371

2013

1,281

264

18,261

2014

1,258

54

17,594

2015

1,321

53

23,658

2016

844

355

14,230

2017

1,140

271

16,037

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2008

27

394

14

2009

25

331

8

2010

33

228

9

2011

28

224

16

2012

33

319

10

2013

58

298

22

2014

52

288

5

2015

57

280

18

2016

58

248

12

2017

50

190

15

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2008

 

14

65

2009

1

19

24

2010

1

10

52

2011

2

6

50

2012

 

9

36

2013

1

7

90

2014

2

4

94

2015

 

1

110

2016

2

3

72

2017

2

1

94

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2015

2016

2017

DEMAX - HOLOGRAMS AD

 

 

3

HUVEPHARMA EOOD

 

 

2

SAINT PETERSBURG NATIONAL RESEARCH UNIVERSITY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES, MECHANICS AND OPTICS (ITMO UNIVERSITY)

 

 

2

'KEIT'LTD

 

1

1

ALMOTT OOD

 

 

1

ANTIGONA - ART EOOD

 

 

1

BULTEH - 2000 LTD

 

 

1

CHECK POINT R AND D, LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

 

 

1

COMAC MEDICAL LIMITED

 

 

1

CPD LTD.

 

 

1

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2015

2016

2017

HUVEPHARMA AD

3

2

18

VENELIN STOIANOV GEORGIEV

 

5

8

DIMITAR HRISTOV BALEV

 

6

7

EURO GAMES TECHNOLOGY LTD.

 

36

7

GLOBAL TOBACCO LTD

 

 

5

SOPHARMA AD

 

4

5

VITI DEVELOPMENT SINGLE-PERSON LLC

 

 

5

EDNOLITCHNO DRUJESTVO S OGRANITCHENA OTGOVORNOST FINANSKONSULT

3

 

4

ZENTAX LIMITED

5

2

4

ALFA SPORT LTD.

 

 

3

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 12/2018

• The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from WIPO's operational databases. Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
• A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
• Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
• IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
• One filing at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) or the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is treated as equavalent of multiple abroad filings at each member state; whereas one filing at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one abroad filing due to lack of information on designation.
• Bulgaria is a member of the European Patent Convention from 2002. Patent filings by residents of this country at the European Patent Office (EPO) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office.
• Bulgaria is a member of the European Union. Trademark and industrial design filings by residents of this country at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office.
• Application class count: The number of classes specified in a trademark application. In the international trademark system and at certain national and regional offices, an applicant can file a trademark application that specifies one or more of the 45 goods and services classes of the Nice Classification. Offices use a single- or multi-class filing system. For example, the offices of Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America (US) as well as many European IP offices have multi-class filing systems. The offices of Brazil, Malaysia and Mexico follow a single-class filing system, requiring a separate application for each class in which an applicant seeks trademark protection. To capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration class counts.
• Application design count: The number of designs contained in an industrial design application. Under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, it is possible for an applicant to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs for products belonging to one and the same class by filing a single application. Some national or regional IP offices allow applications to contain more than one design for the same product or within the same class, while others allow only one design per application. In order to capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration design counts.
• Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.