Dimitrov, Petrov & Co
28 Todor Alexandrov Blvd., fl.7
Telephone: +359 2 421 42 01
Fax: +359 2 421 42 02
In the area of intellectual property (IP) law Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. benefits from substantial and extensive experience in protecting trademarks, copyright and related rights, industrial designs, patents and utility models as well as in safeguarding clients’ specific creative know-how. The firm is distinguished for its expertise in the preparation of license and transfer agreements and more generally, in the area of protecting and enforcing IP rights related to the aforementioned IP law objects. Considering the increasing significance of IP matters for the way modern commercial enterprises conduct their daily business, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. provides targeted risk analysis and suggests specific legal solutions to the many threats that the current technological environment poses to the intellectual property rights of modern businesses. In addition, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s lawyers pride themselves on a long and successful track record of registering national, international and Community trademarks of both Bulgarian and foreign applicants at the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Organization for Harmonization in the Internal Market. The firm’s legal assistance has been also relied upon by premier international companies in the area of domain name registration. Some of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s recent experience includes: • In the field of technology, media and telecommunications (TMT), for the past several years Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has been consulting and representing some of the leading telecom operators and media companies in Bulgaria on domain and trademark issues. The firm has consistently advised its clients on matters pertaining to copyright protection on the Internet and in particular, to the scope of permissible activities and the ensuing liabilities of Internet service providers in the context of distribution of media content on the Internet. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has also represented its TMT clients in court on a number of cases related to copyright infringement. • One of the largest Turkish mineral water producers has turned to Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. with regard to a Bulgarian company acting in bad faith when it filed an application for a similar trademark registration on the Bulgarian market. Our law firm researched and conducted inquiries as to the identity of the applicant and undertook all necessary procedural steps before the court and the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria that led to the successful invalidation of the trademark application. • The International Federation of Body Builders chose Dimitrov, Petrov & Co to defend its IP interests in a dispute with a Bulgarian bodybuilding organization, which has applied before the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria for a similar trademark registration. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. led several negotiation rounds with the Bulgarian organization, which ultimately resulted in a successful resolution for our client - withdrawal of the trademark application by the Bulgarian contender. • Since 2009 the law firm has been heavily involved in the legal intricacies surrounding the protection of a major national trademark of a hypermarket chain offering home improvement and do-it-yourself goods. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. participated in proceedings for trademark registration and subsequent invalidation, providing all necessary legal representation and litigating on behalf of the client before the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria and the courts. • The music industry, as represented by some of the most prominent authors and producers on the Bulgarian music scene, has also repeatedly sought Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s expertise in the protection of copyright and related rights. The firm assisted one of the biggest online media companies in Bulgaria through all stages of negotiating, drafting and concluding contracts with collective management societies and producers over the right to reproduce over the Internet their music catalogues. Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has been also selected to manage the trademark portfolio of one of the leading music labels in Bulgaria. • The law firm is also able to draw upon rich experience in the book publishing business. In addition to a number of local publishers, which rely on the services of the law firm, the largest paid circulation magazine in the world, a well-known publisher and a global direct marketing company entrusted Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. to advise its activities in the area of Bulgarian IP law. The law firm is currently representing the company in one of the milestone cases in copyright protection in Bulgaria concerning proof of producer rights over some of Bulgaria’s most famous evergreens. • Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has also acquired and continues to advance in-depth competence in the protection of know-how where it has gained considerable experience in the context of franchising and licensing agreements. With regard to franchising agreements, the firm has consulted pharmaceutical companies and one of the biggest world tire manufacturers. In relation to licensing agreements, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co.’s experience in this area has been primarily focused on software development licensing, where it possesses almost unsurpassed on the Bulgarian IT market experience. • The firm has provided comprehensive legal services to a major Swiss company, part of a leading media holding, with regard to trademark registrations and subsequent opposition procedures before the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria. Representing the same company, Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. has also been involved in the protection of a well-known trademark in Bulgaria.