Boyanov & Co. showcases its IP expertise with a client list of global brands and household-name companies, such as LEGO, Chanel and The Coca-Cola Company. The practice advises on all key pillars of intellectual property work, including trade mark enforcement, copyright protection and patents, while industry sector strengths include tech, pharma, telecoms, fashion, food and beverages, and tobacco. Experienced principal associate Stela Sabeva heads the department, which also benefits from input by leading dispute resolution partner Kina Chuturkova.
Intellectual property in Bulgaria
Other key lawyers:
Kina Chuturkova; Marina Mollova
F. Hoffmann–La Roche
Jacobs Dowe Egberts
Monster Beverage Corporation
The Coca-Cola Company
WD 40 Company
The TJX Companies, Inc.
Siemens PLM Software
- Successfully represented Chanel in litigation regarding contributory liability of a Bulgarian platform for online sales of goods, which allows publications of thousands of advertisements for the sale of counterfeit goods bearing the marks of the client.
- Advising LEGO in complex litigation proceedings for trade mark, design and copyright infringement against a local toys’ distributor.
- Representing F. Hoffmann–La Roche in all aspects related to the management of their patent portfolio in Bulgaria.
A leader in the field of TMT, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co has the deep IP capability that such sector clients demand. Its comprehensive practice includes sophisticated disputes and advisory matters in respect of copyright, trade marks, patents, franchising, domain names, marketing campaigns and advertising, among others. Head of the practice Biliyana Angelova is widely praised by clients and noted as 'very strong in IP and a pleasure to deal with.’ Google, The Walt Disney Company and Novomatic are clients of the firm.
Other key lawyers:
Asya Vladimirova; Alexandra Lassina
‘The team is scrupulous: any issue is analysed in depth and any relevant aspect is accurately explained to the client. The firm promptly answers emails and is at the client’s disposal for every aspect. Excellent accuracy with regard to researches and analysis of the matter.’
‘DPC are true market leaders, with unmatched expertise in intellectual property law. They demonstrate versatile insight in the area, interdisciplinary knowledge, and a business-oriented approach. What we find most valuable is the team.’
‘The whole team has been doing an excellent job, with our key contact being the partner Bilyana Angelova. We also have excellent impressions from the senior associate Asya Vladimirova, as well as from Alexandra Lassina. Apart from being proven experts in the field, they all stood out as extremely reliable and dedicated and with an impeccable response time.’
‘The team’s strenghth is undoubtrdly its international standard, meaning its high level of knowledge in all fields of IP, professional approach and excellent case handling.’
‘We are working with Bilyana Angelova in many cases, especially in an international trade mark war in the field of gaming, involving several trade mark proceedings in Bulgaria (but also internationally). Bilyana is nearly 24/7 available, extremly quick in finding solutions and just an outstanding pleasure to work with: young, competent and nice – just perfect!’
‘They provide swift and comprehensive advice on IP matters in Bulgaria. We have an easy communication with Bilyana Angelova, partner. She has a remarkable response time and always provides the most cost and time-efficient solutions for our clients.’
‘Very cost-efficient and responsive. Bilyana Angelova is very strong in IP and a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Very quick and reliable, did not mind a very short deadline, proactive and clear advice. Bilyana Angelova is a great leader, makes sure that everything works smoothly, and has a great understanding of trade mark law.’
The Walt Disney Company
Zona Pharma & Zonapharm
PhoneArena & Titan Gate
Al-Furat for Tobacco and Cigarettes Industry Co.
Genetic medico-diagnostic laboratory Genica
- Advising The Walt Disney Company’s Bulgarian subsidiary on contentious and non-contentious IP matters.
- Advised team.blue in its capacity as a buyer in a multi-faceted transaction for the acquisition of the local market leader SuperHosting.
- Representing high-tech gaming technology company Novomatic in trade mark opposition and cancellation proceedings.
Facebook, Deutsche Telecom and British American Tobacco are just three clients of an extensive roll-call at Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov, comprising start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. The IP practice is described as excellent and is led by the 'extremely experienced and competent' Kalina Tchakarova, who has built the practice over 20 years. She is leading advice to Facebook in appeal proceedings against decisions rendered by the Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO). Senior associates Desislava Iordanova and Kamen Gogov are key members of the team.
Other key lawyers:
Dessislava Iordanova; Kamen Gogov
‘General business law firm with an excellent IP department. Our obvious choice for 15 years.’
‘The IP team – led by the extremely experienced and competent, always sovereign, reliable and trustworthy Kalina Tchakarova – is strengthened in a very pleasant way by young, dynamic and highly-responsive employees, namely Patritsiya Cherkezova and Elena Ivanova. Clients also appreciate the excellent strategic advice and reasonable prices.’
Aspen Pharmacare Holdings
British American Tobacco Trading
Fater (JV owned by Procter & Gamble and Angelini Group)
Karelia Tobacco Company
Orange Brand Services Limited
Peak Apparel Holdings
- Ongoing consultation and representation of Deutsche Telekom on all aspects of its trade mark rights.
- Ongoing advice and representation of Facebook in trade mark enforcement matters.
- Ongoing advice to Carlsberg regarding filing, registration and management of national and community trade marks by the local Carlsberg subsidiary company.
Georgiev, Todorov & Co is 'one of the best firms in intellectual property in Bulgaria', supplementing its broad advisory practice with top-notch disputes capability. Clients range from a broad spectrum of industries, including media, publishing, healthcare, fashion, IT and gaming, and food and beverage, for example. Lead adviser in the team, Tsvetelina Dimitrova, was deservedly promoted to partner in 2020, and rated by clients as 'an exceptional IP and corporate lawyer ' who is 'dedicated and precise'. Associate Ida Golemanova assists.
Ivan Todorov; Arno Mamasyan
Other key lawyers:
‘We often need legal services in terms of intellectual properties rights when we enter into negotiations with authors and other publishing companies. The proper structuring of our IP rights is a must and we fully rely on the professionalism of Georgiev, Todorov & Co. The lawyers are very experienced with in-depth knowledge in national and EU regulations, with remarkable client-orientated approach and negotiation skills.’
‘We work mainly with Tsvetelina Dimitrova, who closely monitors the development of the national and EU regulatory framework, rules and practices and helps us meet all statutory requirements to our business. She is dedicated and precise, very responsive and proactive. We highly recommend Tsvetelina Dimitrova as a prominent practitioner in the IP sector.’
‘Georgiev, Todorov & Co. has been chosen as a trusted legal advisor since we established our presence in Bulgaria. We chose to work with the law firm because of their excellent reputation on the market, their expertise in multiple sectors and their high success rate in litigation. Their lawyers have outstanding negotiation skills, analytical thinking and are very committed to the legal issues of each client. Georgiev, Todorov & Co. is one of the best firms in Intellectual Property in Bulgaria and has assisted major national and international clients in relation to the protection, exploitation and enforcement of patents, trade marks, and copyright, as well as industrial property and database rights.’
‘Our main lawyer at Georgiev, Todorov & Co is Tsvetelina Dimitrova. She is hard-working and client-oriented. Tsvetelina also has extensive knowledge of EU and international law regulations, which was essential for solving our legal issues at the time of a global pandemic, as well as protecting our intellectual property rights before national and international legal authorities. She is an expert in the field and provides tailor-made legal support, including trade mark registration and renewal. ’
‘Some of the strengths of the department are excellent negotiation skills, ability to work under pressure and superb interpersonal skills. The lawyers always put the client as a top priority and use all of their knowledge and efforts to achieve the best possible result. They advise on all aspects of intellectual property rights including protection, exploitation and enforcement of patents, trade marks and copyright, as well as industrial property and database rights.’
‘Our intellectual property rights protection is very important for our business and we were looking for a reliable and knowledgeable partner who can meet our company.’
‘We work closely with Tsvetelina Dimitrova, who is an impressive IP and corporate lawyer. She is knowledgeable, precise, very responsive and proactive. We highly recommend Tsvetelina Dimitrova as an exceptional practitioner in the IP sector and corporate & commercial as well.’
Dench eGaming Solutions
Nexo Capital Inc
- Advised On Clinic on the conclusion of an exclusive license agreement for the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria for the use of the European trade mark of On Clinic.
- Represented Farant on the registration a useful sock model with anti-slip structure, which will be applied in the garment and fashion industry.
- Assisting BORICA on all intellectual property matters concerning its business activities, including drafting complex contracts on software product development and protecting the client in its capacity as an owner of the proprietary software.
Kambourov & Partners handles the trade mark portfolios for a raft of companies, and is strong in both administrative procedures and court disputes across all IP areas, including patent and copyright. Media and showbusiness is a sector strength, with technology instructions on the rise. The firm fields a strong team led by stand-out individual Margarita Guigova, an 'eminent IP lawyer and invaluable asset to any business'; it includes senior associate Yana Todorova, who is a 'smart, diligent, tech savvy and insightful expert'.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice consists of highly-specialised lawyers who take expert care of each IP aspect and skillfully protect their clients’ brands. Definitely a huge strength is the availability of consultancy and litigation services all in one place. Furthermore, the team has vast knowledge and is up to date with the latest legislative and business trends. This gives the certainty that the advice is well-thought, balanced and well-researched. The strong commercial awareness and the personalised approach to each client and respective industry are also a big advantage. In addition to the expertise and resourcefulness, the team has proven itself as a trusted and reliable advisor that is always available when you need them. ’
‘The team members I have mostly worked with and who deserve special mention are Margarita Guigova and Yana Todorova. Margarita is an eminent IP practitioner with considerable experience, and as an advisor she is an invaluable asset to any business. Her qualities include a thorough and analytical approach to any matter, a strategic mind and capacity to think many steps forward and choose the best scenario. Margarita is an excellent counsel and also an outstanding litigator. Yana has been of huge help to us and we highly value her input in protecting our brand. She is a smart, diligent, tech savvy and insightful expert with high intellectual and technical capacity. ’
‘The practice is the best in the country for the whole range of intellectual property matters. The team brings together advisory excellence and litigation proficiency and has been helping us protect and expand our trade mark portfolio for years. We value the knowledge and talent for the law, the high professional standards and business and industry awareness. The attentiveness and personal touch also set the team apart. ’
‘Margarita Guigova, who is the head of the IP practice, stands out with vast knowledge spanning the entire range of IP aspects. She is very methodical and exhaustive in her research and advice and always considers all possible sides, commercial and legal, when elaborating solutions. We work a lot with Yana Todorova and have much admiration for her. She is an accomplished professional, dedicated and analytical and with a strong international background. She specialises equally in trade marks and copyright and delivers a genuinely excellent quality of work.’
‘The Kambourov legal team is always available to provide fast and adequate decisions to all my questions. The common practice when I place my question is to receive a very detailed answer within 2-3 hours. This is very important for me because our group of companies work in a very competitive environment and very often we have to take fast and correct decisions related to IP cases. ’
‘Most times I work with Yana Todorova who is a senior associate. Yana is always available, supportive and provides multiple solutions. She always gives me different points of view of the problem which often provides the key to resolve it. ’
‘Very professional approach and large legal knowledge. Margarita Gigova and Yana Todorova stand out.’
Nova Broadcasting Group/NetInfo
Motion Picture Association
PAN Publishing House
Bulgarian Telecommunications Company/Vivacom
New Films International
Molson Coors Beverage Company/Kamenitza
- Advised PAN Publishing on all copyright matters related to the company’s activities in Bulgaria and abroad. Prepared detailed model contracts for transfer of IP rights by writers and illustrators.
- Retained to provide ongoing legal advice to Nova Broadcasting Group on all IP-related matters after advising on its successful acquisition. Work includes handling the entire portfolio of trade marks of the group, including all pending prosecution and contentious proceedings.
- Represented New Films International in negotiations with Bulgarian National Television over the distribution rights for the most successful Bulgarian TV series in recent history – “Undercover”.
CMS protects the brand portfolios of multinationals, offering a seemless cross-jurisdication service via its extensive network, as well as acting for domestic companies and media organisations. In Sofia, the team is led by experienced counsel Nevena Radlova, who also heads up the firm's competition pratice, and senior associate and litigator Antonia Kehayova, while fellow senior associate Anna Tanova leads on copyright and media matters. Together, they are praised by clients for their timely and detailed advice that is 'beyond expectation'.
Nevena Radlova; Antonia Kehayova
Other key lawyers:
‘Quick response and detailed explanation beyond expectation.’
‘Very polite, and detailed in explanations. They are really appreciated.’
Navigator PAPER FIGUEIRA
Hagleitner Hygiene International/Hans Georg Hagleitner
Area 52 Trampoline Parks
Treasury Intelligence Solutions Bulgaria
Hyundai Heavy Industries
- Representing Hagleitner Hygiene International/Hans Georg Hagleitner in several IP litigations regarding violation of rights on EU patent and EU industrial design.
- Advising Navigator PAPER FIGUEIRA on a trade mark opposition against a Bulgarian trade mark application.
- Representing Area 52 Trampoline Parks before the EUIPO and the Bulgarian Patent Office with regard to registration of two trade marks – a combined EU trade mark and a national word trade mark.
Delchev & Partners has a busy IP practice, advising local and international companies, performers and media organisations on copyright, both protection and exploitation, as well as advising on patents, trade marks and industrial designs. Ivan Marinov heads the practice and is experienced in both disputes and day-to-day advisory work. Clients include print and digital media outlets, television stations and performers.
Gugushev & Partners Law Office
Gugushev & Partners Law Office has a comprehensive IP offering with a strong contentious arm. The firm's lead adviser, Yoanna Ivanova, is a specialist in the field, favoured for her 'polished business approach' and 'great organisational and communication skills'. Clients of the team are 'impressed with its strategic thinking, ability to see the bigger picture and tailored-made solutions.' The firm is currently defending the trade mark of food product 'lyiutenitsa' in the courts on behalf of producer Konservinvest.
Other key lawyers:
‘From the beginning of our work with Gugushev & Partners, we are more than satisfied with the quality and professionalism of their services. They are an exceptional team of experts in different areas of law which we actually need for the successful execution of our new project. They are a well-bonded team of highly competent and experienced lawyers, who never fail to respond in a prompt, detailed and business-oriented manner. They provide us with not only legal advisory but a fully integrated service which gives us a solid background to develop and execute our project in the best possible legal manner which is a necessary basis for our business to flourish.’
‘We work mainly with Yoanna Ivanova, the head of the IP and data protection department of the firm. She is indeed an exceptional expert in the area of IP related matters. She stands out with her professionalism, great organisational and communication skills and sharp eye for details. Furthermore, it’s really a pleasure to work with her as she is very responsive to all of our requests or enquiries and manages to guide us well through the various complex legal procedures which we face at every step of the way.’
‘The team of Gugushev & partners and particularly Yoana Ivanova has the legal knowledge in the sphere of intellectual property. They frequently inform me about new rules and legal changes when they apply. As a media company this is very important to us and part of our daily business. G&P law office is aways open for a visit and discussion in person.’
‘Yoana Ivanova is a very organised and strict person. She always gets deep into the theme and proposes the most relevant solution for us and quickly prepares the needed documents. I can’t ask for more.’
‘We value the professionalism and responsibility for every single project. The lawyer that we work with, Yoanna Ivanova, gave us full information аbout how is best to proceed for every project and was also dedicated and committed to the project.’
‘I have recently started working with Gugushev & Partners on a very complex matter, which requires cross-functional expertise and diverse experience. They have really proven to be the right choice and I don’t think that they are many legal teams in Bulgaria that can handle this matter the way they do. I’m really impressed with their strategic thinking, ability to see the bigger picture and develope a tailored-made solution considering all factors and various consequences in the long run. Furthermore, when it comes IP matters, they are indeed the ‘go-to’ place.’
‘We started working recently with Gugushev & Partners and our main point of contact for the IP matters is Yoanna Ivanova. So far, we are extremely delighted with her professional approach and outstanding legal expertise. She is an exceptional expert in IP and her comprehensive advice and polished business approach are unique for the legal sector.’
‘They are well known on the Bulgarian market, as a leading law firm with extensive experience in the area of protection of intellectual property rights. We were impressed by their quick response to the tasks, as well as their expertise, diligence and availability throughout the whole process of our trademark registration. The team proved to be the true professionals that they are well known for and we are looking forward to our future cooperation with them.’
Efficiency First Media
Residence City Garden
- Representing food producer Konservinvest, the owner of the trade mark for “lyiutenitsa” (a popular, traditional Bulgarian food product), in various court and administrative forums, against a claim brought by the owner of a Geographical Indication (GI) for the same product, registered in Bulgaria.
- Representing Mag Invest in a court procedure for infringement of industrial designs registered in EUIPO and a counterclaim by the client for announcing the registration of the industrial designs invalid given the lack of novelty and originality.
- Advised logistics and courier company Econt Express in relation to the system integration of an e-commerce platform and the related copyright regulation.
Pavlov & Co is an intellectual property boutique with a good market reputation that provides the full remit of IP advice to a broad client base. Four lead advisers comprise the focused and highly-experienced team led by name partner Vasil Pavlov, who is particularly rated for IP litigation. The group also includes patent, trade mark and design attorney Sevdalina Drehemova, Momchil Lazarov, who is noted for his anti-counterfeiting practice, and Mariana Lazarova, who has over 30 years' experience of copyright and neighbouring rights.
Other key lawyers:
Sevdalina Drehemova; Momchil Lazarov; Mariana Lazarova
Penkov, Markov & Partners supports its tier-one corporate and commercial practice with strong IP capability. Senior associate Smilena Hrusanova 'provides outstanding service with regard to IP' and co-leads the practice alongside name partner Vladimir Penkov, who has expertise in trade mark enforcement and protection. Beyond transactions, the firm handles significant investigations and disputes in relation to patent and copyright issues, and industrial design. The team is noted as 'very proactive and efficient, and always willing to go the extra mile.'
Vladimir Penkov; Smilena Hrusanova
Other key lawyers:
‘The team of PMP is always able to understand our business needs and to provide comprehensive advice and support. Additionally, the lawyers are always available and provide timely advice and reports on ongoing matters, as well as discuss with us any difficulties in the procedures and help us orient how to best protect our interests by registering the respective IP rights.’
‘Vladimir Penkov is an extensively experienced attorney and a great strategist, who prevented us from making a few mistakes and omissions along the way. Smilena Hrusanova demonstrates an exceptional level of professionalism, as well as in ability to clearly understand our needs and to provide us the answers to our questions in a comprehensive way.’
‘I would highly recommend engaging Penkov, Markov & Partners. Their team has been providing continuing assistance to the companies, which I represent. They are very proactive and efficient. Always willing to go the extra mile.’
‘As head of the department, Smilena Hrusanova provides outstanding service with regard to IP and competition matters. Ana Krusteva is efficient and innovative. ’
‘They have versatile specialisations with a highly-professional approach to clients and entrusted matters. A reliable partner.’
‘Vladimir Penkov combines experience with a fresh look at the handled cases with a very good responsiveness.’
Karelia Tobacco Company
TBI Bank AD/ 4 Finance Holding
Jos H. Lowenstein & Sons
MAN SE/MVB Truck & Bus
Innovative Camping Gora
Naturprodukt/Dr. Theiss Naturwaren
Dr. Willmar Schwabe GmbH & Co. KG
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company Bulgaria
Zlatna Panega Cement/TITAN
Pension-Insurance Company Doverie
- Advising Mitak on a multi-aspect case, including infringement of know-how, negotiations and concluding a settlement with local agricultural producer and supermarket chain, infringement of earlier trade mark rights by registered community designs, as well as counterfeit of tomato paste.
- Advised TBI Bank on the acquisition of trade marks from TBI Bulgaria – in liquidation, a company owned by Vienna Insurance Group. TBI Bank was a licensee of the trade marks subject to the transfer.
- Acted as Bulgarian counsel in advising Jos H. Lowenstein & Sons in two cancellation proceedings before EUIPO, based on Bulgarian trade mark registration.
Popov, Arnaudov & Partners
Popov, Arnaudov & Partners has a valuable track record in this sphere and handles a broad scope of matters, including copyright and related rights, trade mark registration and enforcement, and patent protection. It is well-versed in matters before the patent office, administrative courts and Administrative Supreme Court, on behalf of both domestic and international companies. Managing partner Emiliyan Arnaudov co-leads the practice, alongside head of regulatory Hristo Koparanov and public law specialist Sibina Eftenova.
Emiliyan Arnaudov; Sibina Eftenova; Hristo Koparanov
Schoenherr (in cooperation with Stoyanov & Tsekova) acts for a number of high-profile brands in contentious and non-contentious trade mark, design and copyright mandates. They include Robert Bosch, which the firm advised on a combined competition and trade mark infringement matter, and representing an automotive manufacturer in customs seizure and criminal proceedings against an importer of IP infringing automotive spare parts. 'Reliable and knowledgeable' Ventsislav Tomov heads the practice and is assisted by associate Kristina Chakarova , who joined from Tokushev And Partners Law Office.
Other key lawyers:
‘Easy communication, transparent relationship between the law office and company, adequate proposals for business case solutions. The lawyers are acquainted in detail with the local and international regulation of copyright, judicial and administrative practice, as well as with the applicable procedures. Ventsislav Tomov and Kristina Chakarova are quick and provide a timely reaction and objective assessment of business cases.‘
‘Schoenherr’s IP team is reliable and knowledgeable. Our firms collaborate on IP matters and our common clients benefit from the value-added of our combined teams. One of the few practices on the Bulgarian legal market that can collaborate with other domestic law firms.‘
‘Ventsislav Tomov is reliable and knowledgeable, able to see a matter in a wider context, and is also personable.’
- Advised Robert Bosch on a complex antitrust matter involving imitation of domain name and trade marks.
- Advising SAP Bulgaria in relation to commercial and IP litigation with dealers and customers of IT systems.
- Assisting Car-Data Ltd. in negotiation and conclusion of licensing agreements and general terms and conditions for the provision of DAT services.
Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski advises on anti-counterfeiting legal actions, in the administrative and judicial courts as well as arbitration, registration of trade marks and designs, licensing and transfer of IP rights, opposition and revocation procedures and copyright matters, among others. Current work includes acting for an international travel group in a trade mark conflict with a Bulgarian company. Litigation partner Iliya Komarevski leads an experienced bench of associates, including managing associate Victoria Tzonkova, who focues on counterfeiting, and senior associate Dimitar Grozdanov.
Other key lawyers:
Victoria Tzonkova; Dimitar Grozdanov
- Acted for Bulgarian MiFID II investment firm, Karol, on the trade mark registration for a new product.
- Advised IT design company GoForth Consulting on trade mark registration.
The IP practice at Wolf Theiss acts for a diverse client base that includes international and local companies from the TMT, outsourcing, banking and finance, food and healthcare, and retail and tourism sectors, among others. The team has capability across the board of IP work, including transactional support and representation in disputes before the administrative and judicial courts. Counsel Hristina Dzhevekova and 'very competent and professional' senior associate Oleg Temnikov play key roles and are overseen by managing partner Anna Rizova, who also advises on IP matters.
Anna Rizova; Richard Clegg
Other key lawyers:
Hristina Dzhevlekova; Oleg Temnikov
‘Very competent advising services and always quick feedback. Creative solutions.’
‘Oleg Temnikov is a very competent and professional attorney, giving sound and good advice in a very timely matter. Highly recommended!’
- Advising and representing a leading international medical devices manufacturer in patent infringement proceedings in Bulgaria.
- Representing Swiss food manufacturer Hero AG in opposition and other proceedings before the Bulgarian Patent Office.