Bulgarian Law on topographies of integrated circuits.

LAW ON TOPOGRAPHIES OF INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

Published in the State Gazette No. 81 of September 14, 1999; entry into force on December 15, 1999

Chapter I - GENERAL PROVISIONS

Subject

Art. 1 This Law governs the conditions and procedures for the registration of topographies of integrated circuits, hereinafter referred to as “topographies”, the rights deriving from registration and the protection of those rights.

Scope of Application

Art. 2 (1) This Law shall apply to Bulgarian natural and legal persons and to foreign natural and legal persons of States party to the international treaties to which the Republic of Bulgaria is party.

Bulgarian Law on industrial designs.

In force as from 15.12.1999

Promulgated in State Gazette No. 81/14 September 1999; amended, No. 17/ 21 February 2003; amended, No. 43/20 May 2005; amended, No. 105/29 December 2005; amended, No. 30/11 April 2006; amended, No. 73/5 September 2006; amended, No. 59/20 July 2007

Chapter One - GENERAL PROVISIONS

Subject

Art. 1. (1) (former text of Article 1 - State Gazette No. 17/2003) This Law governs the conditions and procedures for the registration of industrial designs, the rights arising therefrom and the protection of those rights.

(2) (new - State Gazette No. 17/2003) This Law does not govern relations that arise during the creation and use of industrial designs connected with specific activities performed by the Ministry of the Interior.

Field of Application

Art. 2. (1) This Law shall apply to Bulgarian natural and legal persons and to foreign natural and legal persons from States party to international treaties to which the Republic of Bulgaria is also party.

Law on marks and geographical indications.

Publ. in State Gazette No. 81/ 14.09.1999, amended No. 82/17.09.1999; amended No. 28/01.04.2005, amended No. 43/20.05.2005, amended No. 94/25.11.2005, amended No. 105/29.12.2005, amended No. 30/11.04.2006, amended No. 73/05.09.2006; amended, No. 59/20 July 2007

Chapter I - GENERAL PROVISIONS

Subject Matter

Art. 1. This Law governs the conditions and procedures for the registration of marks and geographical indications, the rights arising therefrom and the protection of those rights.

Field of Application

Art. 2. (1) The provisions of this Law shall apply to Bulgarian natural persons and legal entities and to foreign natural persons and legal entities from States party to international treaties to which the Republic of Bulgaria is also party.

(2) With regard to foreign natural persons and legal entities from other countries, this Law shall apply on the basis of reciprocity at the discretion of the Patent Office.

Representation
Art. 3. (1) Any person having the right under this Law to conduct business with the

Bulgarian Law on patents and utility model registration.

Promulgated in State Gazette No. 27/2 April 1993; supplemented, No. 83/ 1 October 1996; amended, No. 11/29 January 1998; amended, No. 81/14 September 1999; amended, No. 45/30 April 2002; amended, No. 66/9 July 2002; supplemented, No. 17/21 February 2003; amended, No. 30/11 April 2006; amended, No. 64/8 August 2006; amended, No. 31/13 April 2007; amended No. 59/20 July 2007

Chapter I - General Provisions

Subject Matter

Art. 1. (1) (amended, State Gazette No. 64/2006, in force as from 09.11.2006) This Law governs relationships occurring in the process of creation, protection or use of patentable inventions and utility models.

(2) The provisions of this Law shall equally apply to foreign natural and legal persons of States party to international treaties to which the Republic of Bulgaria is a party. This Law shall apply to foreign natural and legal persons of other States subject to reciprocity to be determined by the Patent Office. In the case of a bilateral treaty, the provisions laid down therein shall apply.

(3) (new, State Gazette No. 17/2003) This Law shall not govern relations arising during the creation and use of inventions and utility models related to the execution of specific activities of the Ministry of the Interior.

Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act.

PART one: COPYRIGHT

Chapter one

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Subject of the Act

Art. 1. This Act regulates the relationships which are related to the creation and distribution of literary, artistic and scientific works.

Inception of Copyright 

Art. 2. The copyright over literary, artistic and scientific works shall arise for the author with the creation of the literary, artistic or scientific work.

Chapter two

OBJECTS OF COPYRIGHT

Protected Objects

Art. 3. (1) Any literary, artistic and scientific work resulting from a creative endeavour and expressed by any mode and in any objective form shall be the object of copyright such as:

  1. literary works, including works of scientific and technical literature, publicism and computer software;
  2. musical works;
  3. performing arts works: dramatic or dramatico-musical works, entertainments in dumb show, choreography, etc.;
  4. films and other audio-visual material;
  5. works of fine art, including works of applied art, design and crafts;
  6. architectural works;
  7. photographic works to which are assimilated works expressed by a process analogous to photography;
  8. blueprints, maps, sketches, plans and others related to architecture, urban planning, geography, topography, museum research and any other area of science and technology;
  9. graphic design of publications;