“ИЗБАТА” trade mark and “РЕСТОРАНТ ИЗБАТА 1932” trade mark with an identical distinctive element

The Opposition is filed against the trade mark application for the  registration of figurative trade mark “РЕСТОРАНТ ИЗБАТА 1932”. The opponent is represented by the team of IP Consulting. The Opposition is filed under Art. 38b, par. 1 in connection to Art. 12, par. 1, point 2 from Law on Marks and Geographical Indications. It…


The proprietor of challenged EUTM did not submit any proofs for defending his mark in the particular time limit

The applicant, a Bulgarian company, represented by the team of IP Consulting, filed a request for revocation of EUTM 008810855 eGift. The application was filed on the grounds of non-use (Article 51(1)(a) EUTMR) and it is directed against all the goods and services covered by the EUTM, namely – Classes 9, 35 and 36. Based…


New Classification Guidelines published by WIPO

The Nice Classification (NCL), established by the Nice Agreement (1957), is an international classification of goods and services applied for the registration of marks.  The eleventh edition of the NCL came into force on January 1, 2017. The authentic texts of the Nice Classification (in English and in French) are published online by WIPO. By decision…


OHIM announces – “Fast Track” processing of trade mark applications

OHIM announced that from November 24, the CTM applicants will have the option of having their applications published more quickly with the new “Fast Track” procedure. The aim of the Fast Track is the trademark application to be published in half the time or less, as compared to regular applications. For an application to qualify…


How will the Bulgarian legislation change after the expected amendment of First Directive of the Council

How will the Bulgarian legislation change after the expected in 2014 amendment of First Directive of the Council to approximate the laws of Member States relating to trademarks (89/104/EEC) In the article „Changes in legislation regarding the protection of trademarks in the European Union“ we discussed the European Commission proposals to amend the FIRST DIRECTIVE…