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Copyright · Exceptions and Limitations · Intellectual Property · Legal Framework

Is Freedom of Panorama Provided for in Bulgarian Legislation?

The short answer to this question is “it depends”. As in most European countries, there are certain exceptions to authors’ rights to explicitly permit use of their works, which exceptions are limited to certain kinds of use.   Free public access does not mean free public domain Architects and sculptors, like other authors, have the… Continue reading Is Freedom of Panorama Provided for in Bulgarian Legislation?
Case Law · Intellectual Property · Trademark

DEVIN May Lose its EU Trademark

“Devin” JSCo risks cancellation of its registered EUTM “DEVIN” after the Board of Appeal of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) confirmed the decision of the Cancellation Division, by which the trademark was declared invalid in its entirety. The EU word trademark “DEVIN” was registered in 2011 in Class 32: “Beers; mineral and aerated… Continue reading DEVIN May Lose its EU Trademark
Commercial Registry · Corporate law · Legal Framework

New Requirements for Notarisation of Company Documents of Limited Liability Companies – Enhanced Security or Another Hindrance to Business

At the very beginning of the year, substantial amendments to the Bulgarian Commerce Act (CA) entered into force. Some of these amendments concern the operation of the most common legal form of business in Bulgaria – the limited liability companies – OOD, respectively EOOD. First of all these changes aggravate the form of certain corporate transactions, namely… Continue reading New Requirements for Notarisation of Company Documents of Limited Liability Companies – Enhanced Security or Another Hindrance to Business
Case Law · Interpretative Decision · Real Estate

Immovable Property Can Be Sold Under a General Power of Attorney, According to the New Interpretative Decision of Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassation

No explicit power of attorney, containing details of the future transaction, including particular asset, subject-matter of the transaction, particular acquirer or the transaction price, is required when authorizing a third party to dispose of a property on one’s behalf, according to last week’s Interpretative Decision of the General Assembly of the Civil and Commercial Colleges… Continue reading Immovable Property Can Be Sold Under a General Power of Attorney, According to the New Interpretative Decision of Bulgaria’s Supreme Court of Cassation
Intellectual Property · Trademark

‘Black Friday’ – Registered Trademark in Bulgaria

The unexpected registration of the “Black Friday” trademark in Bulgaria by the Romanian company Dante International S.A., owner of online retailers eMag and Fashion days, was widely covered by media and commented on the Internet last week.   There are a total of 5 trademarks 2 figurative and 3 word marks, containing the phrase “Black… Continue reading ‘Black Friday’ – Registered Trademark in Bulgaria
Employment and Labour Law · Foreigners · Legal Framework · News

Work Permit for Foreigners in Bulgaria – New Rules

In October a new Implementing Regulation of the Law on Labour Migration and Labour Mobility was published. The new rules consolidate the majority of the previously fairly fragmented legislation in the field of foreigners’ access to the Bulgarian labour market, as well as facilitates the process of hiring highly skilled foreign employees by Bulgarian employers.… Continue reading Work Permit for Foreigners in Bulgaria – New Rules