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Ivan Marinov

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Delchev & Partners

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Competition, Intellectual Property, Litigation




Ivan Marinov joined Delchev & Partners in 2005. He deals with civil and commercial law and litigation and specializes in competition, unfair competition and intellectual property law. Ivan Marinov is involved in the predominant part of the civil and commercial litigation in Delchev & Partners’ cases before arbitration and state courts throughout Bulgaria. He has profound experience in building the ultimate strategies for defense based on the most appropriate combination of facts, evidence, existing case law, the counter party’s omissions and a most uncompromising and meticulous focus on the smallest details. He has been involved in numerous cases of great complexity from factual, evidential and legal perspective and throughout the years has managed to combine experience with innovation in the field of litigation. Ivan Marinov deals with any aspects of competition and unfair competition law and their interrelation with commercial and intellectual property law. He has advised clients in all aspects of competition law, ie dominant position, prohibited horizontal and vertical agreements and concerted practices and concentrations. He has advised clients on their market behaviour as dominant undertakings or their cooperation and specialization with other competitors. He has also advised clients in the building and reorganization of their regional and national businesses, including as a part of a wider Community or international networks. Ivan Marinov has been involved in and advised the building of different businesses and distribution networks based on various distribution formulas and forms such as (non)-exclusivity, selectivity, franchising, agency agreements and on-line/e-commerce distribution. He has been involved in the shaping of a complex distribution network based on plant breeders’ rights. Ivan Marinov has also advised several acquisitions from a competition perspective and the notifications thereof to the national competition regulator. He also advises clients on a daily basis on unfair competition rules in the business-to-consumers and business-to-business practices, eg denigration, deceit, misleading and comparative advertising, passing-off/imitation, unfair inducement of customers, etc. He has also been involved in the training of clients’ personnel on matters related to competition law and unfair competition. Due to the extreme sensitivity and confidentiality of most of the matters related to competition law no further reference is made below as to most of those clients or matters. Ivan Marinov specializes also in the field of intellectual property law. He has a long-standing experience in the field of copyright and related rights, industrial property and sui generis database and plant breeders’ rights. In the field of copyright he has advised and currently advises television and print media, an advertising agency, production and dubbing studios, producers, authors and actors. He also has experience in the collective management of copyright and related rights and participated in the negotiations with collective management societies. In the filed of industrial property he deals with patents, utility models, trademarks and industrial designs. He has experience with database rights and plant varieties. Ivan Marinov has also been involved in complex tax consultations and cases with a main emphasis on intellectual property rights.




Sofia University, Master of Law


Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Delchev & Partners represents domestic and international businesses in commercial disputes. The team is composed of managing partner Emil Delchev, Bozhko Poryazov, Ivan Marinov and associate Nedyalka Vylcheva. Key clients include L’OrĂ©al and Lukoil. The team is currently representing the German company KMG Holding in a claim against a Bulgarian water supply and sewerage company for failure to meet payment obligations arising from an agreement on the rehabilitation of water supply systems.

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EU and competition

Within: EU and competition

Delchev & Partners advises clients from the cosmetics, energy, media and agriculture sectors, including global brands such as L’OrĂ©al and Flamagas, on the full range of competition law matters. Ivan Marinov, who advises on the commercial and IP aspects of competition law matters, is a key contact. In a recent highlight, the team successfully represented L’OrĂ©al before the Commission for Protection of Competition in a major unfair competition case.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Ivan Marinov heads up the group at Delchev & Partners, which handles copyright work, patents, industrial design issues and trade marks. Marinov recently acted for Katarzyna Estate in a trade mark dispute in the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and advised Publicis on copyright matters and neighbouring rights issues relating to its advertising. Abraxas and Zov Solutions are also clients.

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