Intellectual property and data protection

Penev LLP assists clients’ businesses in virtually all aspects of IP work at both local, European and international level, before the Bulgarian Patent Office, the European Patent Office and the Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market. We offer full-service IP practice including IP Counselling, IP Representation, and IP Transactions. Our team is focused on providing high quality service related to trademarks, copyright, patents, geographical indications (AOC), trade secrets and other intellectual property rights. We are also experienced in IP litigation to resolve business disputes over IP infringements.

Clients in the area of IP and data protection include: The Walt Disney Company, ADF, Pantel International, Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Life, Panduit Europe, TBWA, Mondadori Group, Attica Media Bulgaria, SAP Bulgaria Ltd., CISCO Systems Bulgaria, ‘Customer Care Bulgaria’ Ltd., ‘Monicomp Bulgaria’ Ltd, Nexcom Ltd., Orbitel Ltd., Loral Cyberstar Inc., Bavaria Films, Project – Pay Bulgaria, E-Miroglio and many others.  

Below is a list of our advisory expertise together with some highlights of our representative transactions:

IP Counseling;

We cover all aspects of intellectual and industrial property, including inventions and utility and industrial models, industrial designs, marks and geographical indications. We provide highly credible legal opinions on the protection of intellectual property by proposing necessary steps to ensure a high level of protection. Lawyers at Penev LLP provide preliminary research on registration of trademarks and patents and advice on potential infringement of third party rights.
We advised Twentieth Century Fox on intellectual contractual and regulatory matters.
We advised Panduit Europe on confidentiality issues and other IP matters.
Provision of advice to TBWA on the transfer of title to their Bulgarian subsidiary - TBWA Sofia Ltd.
Provision of advice to Mondadori Group and Attica Media Bulgaria on the establishment of the brand “Grazia” in the Bulgarian market-place.
Provision of legal advice to SAP Bulgaria Ltd. on various IP-rights such as: issues including copy right to software programs, rights to trademarks in relation to the SAP-software products distributed in Bulgaria.
Provision of legal advice to SAP Bulgaria Ltd. with respect to the business activities of a major producer of specialized business software. We advised on a 2 million euro purchase of software
Provision of the full spectrum of legal services to CISCO Systems Bulgaria on their current activities in Bulgaria.
Provision of advice to AT&T involving research on the regulation of local telecom market.

IP Representation;

We perform all kinds of actions before the Bulgarian Patent Office, European Patent Office and Office for Harmonization of the Internal Market such as trademarks, geographical indications and patent applications and requests.
Representation before the Bulgarian Patent Office and domain name registrar REGISTER.BG on behalf of Disney Enterprises Inc. in a domain name arbitration proceedings.
We have the privilege of representingThe Walt Disney Company in cases concerning counterfeit products.
Representation of ADF before the BPO and OHIM for transfer of Bulgarian trademark, Community Trade Mark and international trade marks.
Representation of Invitel in proceedings before the BPO for transfer of trademarks and the change of corporate name of the proprietor.
Defence ofThe Walt Disney Company’s intellectual property rights, in the form of negotiation of extrajudicial settlement agreements with infringers. We focus on building up aggressive pre-litigation tactics and choosing the right litigation strategies.

IP Transactions;

Our team covers all intellectual property aspects of acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures.
Advice to Twentieth Century Fox on contractual and regulatory matters.
Provision of advice to TBWA on the transfer of title to their Bulgarian subsidiary - TBWA Sofia Ltd.
Provision of legal advice to ‘Customer Care Bulgaria’ Ltd., a Canadian company with business activity in Bulgaria in the sphere of internet services - registration, review of agreements, employment issues , etc.
Provision of advice to Nexcom Ltd. on corporate, internet traffic terminating contractual issues and representation.
Provision of advice to Orbitel Ltd. on provision of internet, web hosting, administration and monitoring with regard to legal proceedings with the Head Tax Administration.
Provision of advice to Loral Cyberstar Inc. on transfer of data via satellite and agreements with local IP companies and other customers.

IP Litigation;

Litigators at Penev LLP have extensive experience and expertise in handling complex intellectual property disputes with respect to patents, trademarks and industrial designs including patent and trademark infringements and unfair competition. Our team is highly skilled in handling matters such as industrial design and parallel imports and in undertaking administrative actions against alleged infringers.
Representation of ADF before the BPO and OHIM for transfer of Bulgarian trademark, Community Trade Mark and international trade marks.

Our lawyers are frequently asked to provide pre- dispute advice that not only addresses the merits of the case but carefully scrutinizes the options available for Dispute Resolution. Striving to provide specialized servicetailored to each client’s needs, on behalf of Disney Enterprises Inc. we use alternative approaches for a domain name before the domain name register.