EUIPO IP Regional seminar, Sofia, 4–5 October 2021

Sofia will host the autumn Regional Seminar on Intellectual Property /IP/, organized by the EU Intellectual Property Office /EUIPO/ together with the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.

The purpose of the event is to share knowledge and exchange experience on specific topics in the field of IP between experts from national IP agencies, and for the first time in the history of the event representatives of industrial property from the host country are given the opportunity to participate in the seminar.

The event will be held in a hybrid format, and the representatives of the national offices can choose between attending the onsite event at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sofia or attending the online event through the Zoom platform.

Industrial property representatives who would like to attend the EUIPO Regional Seminar can do so by registering at the following link:

The event will be held in English.

The main topics that will be presented by speakers from EUIPO and BPO are:

Overview of relative grounds

Geographical indications in relative grounds disputes (Art. 8(6) EUTMR)

Selected issues of opposition proceedings before the EUIPO SQAP: The user perspective on the quality of EUIPO decisions

Proof of use – theory and practice

National Opposition proceedings, practice and examples

National Cancellation proceedings, practice and examples

The notion of bad faith through the case-law of the European Courts

Relying on copyright in invalidity proceedings (Article 60(2)(c) EUTMR), and other.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact: Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, tel. 02 9701312, e-mail:

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