The term for submitting an application for a supplementary protection certificate shall be 6 months from the issue of the first authorization to place the product on the market or from the notification of the grant of the basic patent, as applicable.
An application for the issue of a supplementary protection certificate shall be filed with the Patent Office, by fax, by e-mail or by a postal operator..
For all actions related to the filing of an application, the proceedings in the Patent Office, the issuance of a protection document and the publications, fees are paid according to the current Tariff of Fees collected by the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Bibliographic information on the application shall be published in the Official Bulletin of the Patent Office immediately after it is established that the formal requirements have been met and a publication fee for the application has been paid.
Changes can be submitted at any time in the procedure and the changes must not go beyond the initial disclosure and after payment of the relevant fee.
The term of validity of the issued certificate is determined by the Patent Office and comes into force after the expiration of the 20-year term of validity of the basic patent. This period may not exceed 5 years. Fees for the calculated period of validity of the supplementary protection certificate shall be paid in the 20th patent year of validity of the basic patent.
The due fees can be paid at the cash desk in the Office, by bank transfer, by standard bank transfer, as well as by electronic banking. The bank account is indicated on the website of the Office.
The issuance of a duplicate is part of the administrative services provided by the Patent Office. The application shall be filed in free form or in a form of the Patent Office by the holder of the registration, by paying a corresponding fee under the Tariff for fees collected by the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.