Bulgaria marks 10 years of membership in the European Patent Organisation26 November 2012
The President of the European Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, met with representatives of government, industry and academia in Bulgaria to discuss how to further strengthen the country's patent system, and enhance co-operation between the EPO and the Bulgarian Patent Office.
"Patents play a key role in supporting innovation and economic growth," said President Battistelli, speaking at the Bulgarian Inventors of the Year event, dedicated this year to the 10th anniversary of Bulgaria's accession to the European Patent Convention. "Europe already has a solid patent system at the service of European and global businesses and inventors. Only by co-operating closely with our local partners, the national patent offices, can we further improve the environment for innovation," he added.
President Battistelli handed out the award for lifetime achievement to Prof. Vladko Todorov Panayotov, a renowned inventor in the field of technology of cleaning of waste waters and extraction of precious materials from industrial waste. His name was entered into the Golden Book of Bulgarian Inventors, together with the names of Dr. Violeta Andonova (pharmaceuticals) and Prof. Sia Lozanova (sensorics). The other categories were chemistry and biotechnology, mechanical engineering and construction, electronics and electrotechnology and most innovative company.
"Bulgarian inventors deserve to be recognised and society has the duty to honour their achievements," said Prof. Kamen Veselinov, President of the Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO). "With this award ceremony we want to make Bulgarian inventors and their contribution known the same way the EPO does for European inventors."