• Non-Registered Marks as a Base for Oppositions in Bulgaria
  • February 13, 2018 | Authors: Kalina S. Tchakarova; Patricia Cherkezova
  • Law Firm: Djingov, Gouginski, Kyutchukov & Velichkov - Sofia Office
  • Actual users of non-registered marks are entitled to oppose applications for registration of marks, provided that the non-registered mark has been used in actual commercial activity on the territory of Bulgaria as of a date preceding the application date of the opposed mark. In the course of the opposition procedure the opponent should prove that the conflicting signs are identical or similar, concern identical or similar goods or services and a likelihood of confusion on the part of the public is at hand. Prior to filing the statement of opposition, the actual user of the non-registered mark should have filed the latter for registration with the BPO or the EUIPO or under the Madrid system designating Bulgaria.