Bulgarian Patent Office prepares to implement e-filing of trade marks and designs applications
Experts from the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs) (OHIM) visited the Bulgarian Patent Office during the period 14-16 May 2013.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss the specific requirements of the national legislation on trade marks and designs in order to implement electronic filing of both industrial property objects.
OHIM in cooperation with the European national offices for trade marks and design works on the creation of e-services projects, which are part of the Cooperation Fund, providing € 50 million for the development and implementation of 23 projects.
Projects relating to e-filing of trade marks and designs are planned to be implemented in the Bulgarian Patent Office by the end of 2013.
A development of projects for electronic renewal, electronic filing of oppositions and requests for revocation and invalidity is foreseen.
Implementation of e-services projects will simplify the access to applying of trade marks and designs and subsequent proceedings for the users of the systems and will improve the quality of administrative services by optimizing and streamlining the procedures.
Users will be able to use the systems for electronic services through the website of the Bulgarian Patent Office without the need for electronic signature.
During the workshop, experts from both offices discussed the process of applying for trade marks and designs and developed specific requirements for the purpose of adapting the software to the Bulgarian legislation.