New Information Service of the Patent Office Aimed at the General Public
Starting from April 8 2007, all the decisions of the Disputes department of the Patent Office, taken in 2006, are available through the Patent Office’s web site - the information service BPO-Online.
The new service is the result of the process of developing of a new programme product designed for the administration of the Disputes department procedure. The purpose of the project is, on the one hand, to facilitate the work of the examiners dealing with the disputes regarding both national and international marks and, on the other hand, to provide information about the progress of the procedure to the other staff of the Office and to ensure the possibility for the general public to get information about the decisions taken.
In pursuance of the main tasks set in the Conception for the development of the Office by 2009 as well as in accordance with the Office's internal quality standards for the administrative services, in particularly these regarding the access to the services by the general public including the disabled, further information about the decisions taken in 2007 as well as about the decisions of the Bulgarian courts, before which the decisions have been appealed, will be added.
The statistical data about the use of the information service BPO-Online shows that more than 110 000 real searches have been made from the users in and outside Bulgaria (350 per calendar day on average) in the past year.