Bulgaria

Overview

UP 

Yes

UPC 

Yes 

Status of ratification

Yes. Bulgaria deposited their instrument for ratification on 3 June 2016.

Local or Regional CFI 

Still not confirmed, although it is unlikely to establish a local division. According to the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council, there is an agreement currently under discussion for establishment of a regional division for the Balkans based in Romania. At this stage the Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council supports such a regional division but no final position has been taken.

Location/Venue of CFI

No official confirmation but there are indications that the regional CFI may be based in Romania.

Judges 

4 Bulgarian judges have been nominated as candidates for the UPC. There is no information on status of their nominations.

Languages 

No information as yet.

UP/UPC implementing legislation

On 2 August 2017, the Council of Ministers of Bulgaria approved the text of the Protocol on Provisional Application of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court

Other UP matters of interest 

Bulgaria signed the Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (PPI) in July 2017 and the UPC Agreement's Protocol on provisional application (PPA) on 11 September 2017, which was subsequently ratified on 24 July 2018.

Twobirds contact 

Wouter Pors, Katharine Stephens, Michael Alt.

*Information for this country provided by Elina Ruseva of Tsvetkova Bebov Komarevski, Sofia.