European Patent Validation in Bulgaria

EUROPEAN PATENT VALIDATION IN BULGARIA

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Our dedicated team of qualified Bulgarian and European Patent Attorneys with technical background is ready to assist you by providing a reliable,

high-quality and cost-effective European Patent validation and translation service in Bulgaria.

In order to acquire protection in Bulgaria from a granted European patent, first and foremost – Bulgaria must have been a designated country in the European patent application and secondly – the granted European Patent must be validated in Bulgaria. Once a granted EP has been validated in Bulgaria, the rights that it confers on its proprietor are the same rights as would be conferred by a granted Bulgarian Patent.

 

Deadline for EP VALIDATION IN BULGARIA

 

The validation of a European Patent in Bulgaria must be completed within a non-extendable term of 3 months following the publication of the decision to grant a European Patent in the European Patent Bulletin. Bearing in mind that Bulgaria has not signed the so-called “London Agreement”, an indispensable part of the process of EP validation in Bulgaria is filing full translation of the European patent description and claims as granted into Bulgarian language with the Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO), coupled with the payment of publication fees.

 

It might as well happen that patent renewal fees must also be paid even earlier in some specific cases, particularly within 2 month period from the granted European Patent, if the respective maintenance fee falls due within the same 2 month term.

 

TRANSLATION OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT INTO BULGARIAN

 

It must be highlighted that pursuant to the Bulgarian Patent Law, in case the Bulgarian translation, as referred above, confers protection, which is narrower than that conferred by the granted European patent, then the text of the Bulgarian translation shall be the authentic text. Hence, it is of paramount importance and also in the interest of all companies that all patent translations are handled by technically competent translators, possessing specific technical background and knowledge in the particular field of technology relevant for the granted European Patent in question.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

 

Appointing a Bulgarian Patent Attorney to validate the granted European Patent in Bulgaria is necessary, if the proprietor of the granted EP has no permanent address or principle place of business in the Republic of Bulgaria.

HOW CAN WE HELP ?

 

We assist our clients in validating their granted European Patents in Bulgaria in any field of technology. Our expertise in the patent domain reveals itself in detail, showing our technical competence and individuality derived from our personality and dedication, as qualified Bulgarian Patent Attorneys with technical and scientific background and not being simply attorneys at law. Another prominent and distinguishing feature that stands our patent competence out is our EQE qualification as European Patent Attorney.

 

The responsibility of the technically accurate translations is dedicated to our in-house translation department.

 

Our in-house patent translators consists of Bulgarian native speakers only, with substantial technical background in the patent domain, who are competent to handle patent translations in all relevant technical fields, i.e. mechanics, electronics, telecommunications, chemistry, pharmaceutics, biotechnology, computer technologies and software, etc.

 

Our translation department is able to prepare European Patent translations from English, German and French into Bulgarian.

 

Our philosophy that,

 

” Not only is the act of patent translation vital per se, but also the quality and accuracy of the translated content from both legal and technical point of view. All in all, a granted patent is neither scientific, nor literary article. “

 

is also put high on our agenda.

 

As we never rely on outsourced translation services and for the reasons above, our clients can benefit from cost-effective and at the same time technically and legally binding translation service and protection for their inventions through granted European Patents.

 

Indispensable part of the EP validation in Bulgaria are also the patent renewal fees which we can also take care of. Should you seek protection though European Patent Validations in other countries, we are at your disposal to give you a hand as well.

 

An illustration of our EP validation process in Bulgaria is set out below.

OUR PROCESS OF VALIDATION OF EUROPEAN PATENTS IN BULGARIA:

Instructions from client

As soon as we receive your EP validation instructions, we consider it as appointing us as representatives to validate the granted EP in Bulgaria before the Bulgarian Patent Office. We kindly remind that all instructions for EP validations in Bulgaria must be received at latest 3 months from the publication of the granted EP. Otherwise, the granted EP will not be valid for the territory of Bulgaria.

Acknowledgement of EP validation instructions

IMMEDIATELY UPON INSTRUCTIONS` RECEIPT

Upon receipt of your instructions for EP validation in Bulgaria, the same will be promptly confirmed. Additionally, we will also forward a prepared Power Of Attorney concerning the EP in question for execution by the patentee, which in practice fulfills one of the requirements prescribed by the national patent law.

Translation of the entire EP specification into Bulgarian by Technical Expert

WITHIN 3 MONTHS FROM EP GRANT

The technical content and field of invention of the respective EP is then thoroughly evaluated by our Bulgarian and European Patent Attorneys. The EP specification is subsequently forwarded to a qualified translator from our in-house translation department, who has advanced degree in the technical subject matter of the granted EP. The technical expert then starts the preparation of the patent translation into Bulgarian.

Review by a Second Technical Expert

WITHIN 3 MONTHS FROM EP GRANT

As part of our internal patent translation procedure and in order to comply with the highest quality patent translation service demanded by our clients, the translated specification from the first technical translator is then independently checked by a second technical translator in the same field of technology. This approach has turned out to be extremely effective resulting in technically accurate and error-free patent translations in the end.

Review by a Qualified Patent Attorney with Technical Background

WITHIN 3 MONTHS FROM EP GRANT

Subsequently, every single patent translation is then meticulously proofread by our Bulgarian and European Patent Attorneys who possess technical and scientific background. A diligent attention is paid towards the legal scope of protection, particularly towards the patent claims. During this process, the close collaboration and deliberation on the patent's subject matter between the translator, who prepared it, and the Patent Attorney remains intact.

Filing the application for EP validation in Bulgaria

WITHIN 3 MONTHS FROM THE EP GRANT

After ensuring compliance with national requirements, a request for European Patent Validation in Bulgaria together with the prepared full translation of the European Patent specification are subsequently filed at the Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO) within the non-extendable period of 3 months following the decision to grant of European Patent. The official EP validation fees are also paid withing the same time limit. If necessary, we also proceed with the payment of the national patent renewal fees.

Filing Reports

IMMEDIATELY AFTER FILING OF THE EP VALIDATION IN BULGARIA

Our official filing reports are sent to the client immediately after filing the EP validation application in Bulgaria. We further duly inform clients of any changes, recommendations or notifications from the Bulgarian Patent Office.

Publication and issuance of Certificate of Validated European Patent in Bulgaria

FEW MONTHS AS FROM THE FILED REQUEST FOR EP VALIDATION

The Bulgarian Patent Office conducts publication of the validated European Patents (EP) in its Official Bulletin and issues EP validation certificate.

Forwarding the EP validation certificate to the client

IMMEDIATELY UPON ITS RECEIPT

The EP validation certificate is forwarded to the client without undue delay upon its receipt from BPO. It can be either sent electronically as a scanned copy or as a hard copy. This is the final step of the European Patent Validation process in Bulgaria.

EP RENEWAL FEES

EVERY YEAR

In order to keep the granted and validated European Patent valid for the territory of Bulgaria, patent renewal (maintenance) fees must be annually paid to the Bulgarian Patent Office. Failure to observe the due date for payment of renewal fees will lead to a lapse of the European Patent for the territory of Bulgaria. Anyone can then commercially exploit the subject matter of the patent without infringing any rights outstanding.

WHAT ARE YOUR BENEFITS FROM USING OUR EP VALIDATION SERVICE IN BULGARIA?

  • Patent translations prepared by technical experts only
  • Review by a Qualified Bulgarian Patent Attorney with technical background
  • Technically accurate and error-free EP translations

  • Technically and legally binding patent protection
  • Fast, simplified, reliable and cost-effective EP validation procedure 
  • Transparent and predictable expenses

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