Intellectual Property

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.

Below is a list of our advisory expertise:

  • IP Counseling;

  • IP Representation;

  • IP Transactions;

  • IP Litigation;

  • Pre-dispute Advice and Dispute Resolution.

Some highlights of our project work in the area of IP include:

  • representation of The Walt Disney Company before the Bulgarian Patent Office and domain name registrar REGISTER.BG with regard to proceedings for cancellation of trademarks applied for and registered in bad faith as well as other cases of invalidation proceedings;
     
  • legal advice to Warner Brothers on protection of copyrights of the CNN, TNT and Cartoon Network programs;
     
  • advice to Twentieth Century Fox on IP contractual and regulatory matters;
     
  • provision of advice to Fox Life on the whole spectrum of intellectual property rights;
     
  • protection of Marvel Entertainment's IP rights in trademark infringement cases of counterfeiting and parallel imports as well as in cases for the destruction of counterfeit products or products imported in the country by parallel importers; negotiation and conclusion of extrajudicial agreements with infringers, pre-litigation tactics, and litigation actions;
     
  • provision of legal advice to SAP on B2B and B2C sale-purchase agreements, service support agreements for ERP software;
     
  • legal representation of Lucas and Lucasfilm in relation to the protection of their IP rights in trademark infringement cases of counterfeiting and parallel imports as well as in cases for the destruction of counterfeit products or products imported in the country by parallel importers; negotiation and conclusion of extrajudicial agreements with infringers, pre-litigation tactics, and litigation actions;
     
  • provision of legal advice to Playboy on IP rights;
     
  • protection of The Walt Disney Company’s IP rights in trademark infringement cases of counterfeiting and parallel imports as well as in cases for the destruction of counterfeit products or products imported in the country by parallel importers;
     
  • work related to a trademark case for Naturana Dölker GmbH & Co. KG;
     
  • advice to Chanel on IP rights;
     
  • defense of The Walt Disney Company’s intellectual property rights, i.e. negotiation and conclusion of extrajudicial agreements with infringers, pre-litigation tactics, and litigation actions;
     
  • legal advice to Coca Cola HBC on parallel import;
     
  • acting on behalf of Warner-Lambert in their proceedings against a distribution company for the area of the Balkans;
     
  • provision of advice on the Fox dubbing documents pertaining to The Twentieth Century Fox film distribution in Bulgaria;
     
  • legal assistance to Lacoste on IP matters;
     
  • advice to Christian Dior on IP rights;
     
  • representation of ADF before the BPO and OHIM for transfer of Bulgarian trademark, Community Trade Mark and international trademarks;
     
  • representation of Pantel International (formerly Invitel International) in proceedings before the BPO for transfer of trademarks and change of corporate name of proprietor;
     
  • advice to Antonio Puig S.A. on various IP matters;
     
  • provision of advice to Panduit Europe in relation to their establishment in Bulgaria, protection of intellectual property rights and other IP matters;
     
  • legal assistance to Estee Lauder on IP matters;
     
  • provision of advice to TBWA (a part of Omnicom Group) on the transfer of the title to its Bulgarian subsidiary TBWA Sofia;
     
  • provision of advice to Mondadori Group and Attica Media Group on the establishment of the brand “Grazia” on the Bulgarian market;
     
  • provision of legal advice to SAP on all their IP-rights issues including copyrights to software programs, trademarks in relation to the SAP-software products distributed in Bulgaria;
     
  • advising Lek in their protection of patent rights proceedings against SmithKline Beecham;
     
  • legal advice to DDB Needham (a part of Omnicom Group) on IP matters;
     
  • provision of legal advice to Customer Care, a Canadian company with business activity in Bulgaria in the sphere of internet services - registration, review of agreements, employment subjects, etc;
     
  • provision of legal advice to Monicomp, a Hungarian company, dealing in Bulgaria with banking software and certain hardware items - printers, reading devices, etc.;
     
  • provision of advice to Nexcom on corporate, internet traffic terminating contractual issues and representation;
     
  • provision of advice to Orbitel on the provision of internet, web hosting, administration and monitoring with regard to legal proceedings with the Tax Administration;
     
  • provision of advice to Loral Cyberstar Inc. on contractual structuring of transfer of data via satellite and agreements with local IP companies and other customers;
     
  • provision of advice to a large pharmaceutical company on trademark issues.