OUR RULES

Sofia 1000, Bulgaria
11 Slaveikov sq. floor 2, office 5

mob. 0889220101; 0887956766

Tel./Fax: + 3592 9812788
office@rppartners-bg.com.

The Basis of Our Business Relationship with you is our services in your interest:

- search, watch service and legal analyze of all intellectual property objects - trade marks, industrial designs, patents, utility models, geographical indications for the country and abroad;

- registration, renewal, representation during the procedure for filing and registration of all of kind intellectual property objects for the country and abroad;

- representation before the Patent Office, Commission on protection of competition, Customs, Economic policy;

- representation before administrative, legal and arbitration disputes;

- preparing and prosecution of projects for financing from EU structure funds under programs for competitive and innovations funds.

 

We offer representation before the following IP offices:

(a). Bulgarian Patent Office concerning the procedure for

- trade mark registration;

- industrial design registration;

- utility model registration;

- granting a patent;

- disputes.

(b). The trade marks and designs Registration Office of EU (OHIM) concerning the procedure for:

- CTM registration;

- CRD registration.

- disputes.

(c). World intellectual property organization (WIPO) concerning the procedure for:

- filing a PCT patent application

- filing an international trade mark according to the Madrid Protocol and Madrid Agreement;

- filing an industrial design according to the Hague Agreement;

- consultations for domain names.

(d). European Patent Office concerning the procedure for:

- granting an European Patent;

- disputes.

 

(e). All legal instance concerning prosecution protection of IP-rights.

(f). Arbitration before the Bulgarian Industrial Association and Bulgarian Chamber of commerce and industry.

Commission on protection of competition, Bulgarian Customs, Economic policy concerning all manner of administrative activities in respect to infringement of IP rights.

Alternative way of resolving disputes through mediation.

 

Our responsibility is to:

(а) practice competently, conscientiously and objectively, put your interests foremost while observing the law and our duty to any court; and

(b) avoid conflicts of interest. However, you should note that, due to the size and breadth of our practice, we do act for competitors.

 

Instructions

We are able to identify who is formally our client in the following way:

(a) the реrson providing us with the initial instructions in relation to а matter is our client (e.g. if we accept instructions from lawyers, patent attorneys or agents (in abroad) they, and not the persons for whom they act, will be our client and responsible for settlement of all our invoices and for reimbursement of all our costs and expenses incurred in carrying out their instructions).

(b) If the client wishes us to render invoices to and accept payment from another entity (for example, another company in the same group) then we shall be pleased to do this; however, responsibility for making such payment remains with our client.

(с) in the case of joint applicants or proprietors we will (in the absence of specific written instructions to the contrary) report to and accept instructions from the first named applicant or proprietor only. Nevertheless, all applicants/proprietors have joint and several responsibilities for payment of our charges and costs.

 

Timing and form of instructions:

(а) We rely on clients to give us timely, complete and accurate information and instructions. Misunderstandings can occur with oral instructions; although we will normally act on oral instructions in an emergency, we require all oral instructions to be confirmed in writing.

(b) Patent offices often impose time limits and failure to meet these limits can be fatal to the rights concerned. We accept no liabilities if you do not provide instructions that are clear, complete and early enough to allow us to act within official time limits. We will endeavor to inform you of time limits and of actions or instructions that are required, but we do not undertake to give reminders.

(с) If we receive late instructions from you, we may not be able to implement your instructions in time and we shall have no liability for any loss which may then arise. In the event of late instructions or late payments to us, urgency charges may be incurred by us which we shall pass on to you.

 

Updating information

It is important that you inform us promptly of any change of address, telephone and fax numbers and of any change of ownership of your patent or other relevant intellectual property rights. Many such changes have to be officially registered. Please remember that the obtaining of patents, trade marks and design rights can take many years. No responsibility can be accepted for any loss of rights in any case where you have failed to inform us of such changes.

 

Communications

(а) We will normally communicate with you by mail or fax; however, we may communicate with you by mail with your prior agreement. 

(b) We reserve our right to send you all official documents only by mail.

 

 

Instruction of third parties to act on your behalf

(a) As part of carrying out your instructions, it may be necessary for us to instruct third parties (e.g. foreign

 

lawyers' or patent agents) to act on your behalf. We may require you to sign а power of attorney or similar appointment to engage such third party directly.

(b) Such third parties are not part of this Firm. Whilst we shall endeavor to select third parties whose are with good quality of their work.

 

Authority

For such period as you instruct us to carry out work on your behalf, you hereby agree to give us express authority to complete and sign in your name such forms or other documents as are necessary or desirable to carry out your instructions. You agree to indemnify us in respect of аll costs, claims, demands and expenses that may result from the exercise of that authority.

 

Professional Fees

(a) Our charges are principally based on the amount of our professional time spend on the matter.

(b) We reserve the right to adjust our standard charges if highly specialized knowledge is required, or if the matter is complex and/or urgent.

 

Payment оf Expenses

(а) You will be responsible for any expenses incurred by us on your behalf. These expenses may include (but are not limited by) Patent Office fees, Counsel's fees, Court fees, the costs of any experts or other agents (including any foreign lawyers), photocopying costs, couriers, travel and meeting expenses and certain telephone and fax charges;

(b) We would like our expenses to be paid 50% in advance and 50% by finalizing the case.

(с) If we instruct specialist providers on your behalf in connection with the Services, you agree we shall be entitled to make an additional charge to cover our related administration costs and any ancillary professional input by us. Details of such charges will be provided upon request.

 

Payment

We require from you to accomplish regular payment of our invoices in 30 days term.

 

Storage of information

(a) When files are transferred to us from other firms or organizations, they are usually accompanied by records of key data. We recommend that we check such information against the contents of the files and/or from public records. We will levy а reasonable charge for such checking. If you do not wish to instruct us to carry out such checks, we will have no liability for any errors contained in the files as they were received or for any losses incurred as а result of the errors contained in the files.

(b) Our files remain our property at аll times, in accordance with recommended practice. However, if you want to transfer your work to other professional advisers, we will usually release the files once а" outstanding charges have been paid and on receiving an undertaking that is satisfactory to us that we will be given free access to the files, if required.

(c) Original papers and other materials

If you send us papers, samples or other materials, please tell us at the same time if you require them to be returned. Otherwise, we will incorporate them into our files.

(d) We may destroy our correspondence files, draft documents and other papers which are more than 5 (five) years old. In the absence of contrary instructions, we will assume that you are content with this arrangement.

 

Confidential information

(a) While acting for you, we shall gather information and documents which relate to you. We shall keep such information and documentation confidential, except where disclosure is required by law or regulation, or in other exceptional circumstances.

(b) In general, we recommend that you restrict the release of, and maintain strict control over, any information not

already in the public domain connected with instructions we receive. We would be happy to advice on the desirability of releasing confidential information to the public in specific cases.

 

Searches

Any searches you request may be carried out by us at Patent Offices and specialized data bases. Due to the limitations and occasional errors in classifications, indices, computer databases and official records, no search can be guaranteed for comprehensiveness or accuracy. We will endeavor to point out any particular limitations when reporting search results and may recommend extending the search.

 

Notices and Forms of Written Communication between you and us

AlI notices and forms of written communication between you and us shall either be on paper delivered by hand, or sent by pre-paid first class post or sent by electronic means of message transmission which is capable of producing hard-copy read-out with confirmation of successful transmission (such as facsimile transmission). If such notices and communications are sent by electronic means, then they shall be deemed to have been received at the time of receipt by us of the transmission.

 

Conflicts of Interest

Because of the nature of our profession and our professional business, it is not uncommon for patent and trade mark attorneys to be acting at any one time for two or more clients who are commercial competitors. We will not knowingly act for or against another client in а matter involving an active dispute with you without your written approval and the written approval of the other client.

 

Appropriate procedures and arrangements exist to ensure that advice and opinions you receive are wholly independent of and do not make any use of knowledge or information confidential to any third party and we will not make use of any information confidential to you to the advantage of any third party.

 

Complaints

We value our good relationships with our clients. However, we accept that from time to time, difficulties and misunderstandings do arise. If you have any problems, you should feel free to discuss your concerns with the member of our professional staff responsible for handling your work. If, after such discussions, you feel that the matter has not been adequately dealt with you or any invoice is unreasonably high for the work involved, you should contact the Managing Partner of our Firm.

 

Termination

We will continue to work for you until any of the following events occur:

(а) we finish the work you have instructed us to do;

(b) your invoice remains unpaid for а protracted period;

(с) we consider that it is not in our mutual best interests for us to continue to work for you;

(d) you notify us that you have decided not to use us any longer;