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    • Comprehensive legal services encompassing all the business activities of a client, such as:

      • Negotiations and deal mediation;
      • Preparation and drafting of civil, trade, labour, and other agreements, memoranda and other documents related to a client’s business;
      • Consulting related to acquisition of licenses and permits;
      • Establishing business entities in view of a client’s investment plans;
      • Representation before state, municipal, and banking institutions;
      • Preparation and drafting of documents related to decisions made by the managing bodies of a company.
      • Trade mark database search;
      • Registration of national trade marks, European Union trade marks, and international registrations;
      • Representation before the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Union Intellectual Property Office, the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria;
      • Representation during disputes related to trade mark infringements;
      • Procedural representation.
      • Representation before the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency and other institutions in relation to registration of commercial properties, various food categories and food additives;
      • Consulting regarding labeling of food products and food additives;
      • Assistance during inspections by authorities, drafting of documents;
      • Court representation during appeals of penal rulings for violations of food safety legislation.
      • Registration, transformation and termination of commercial entities and sole proprietorships;
      • Commercial enterprises deals, transfer of shares, M&As;
      • Preparation and drafting of commercial contracts, agreements, memoranda and other commercial documents;
      • Legal consulting, research, and analysis;
      • Preparation and registration of collateral and securities, registration of special pledges;
      • Negotiations and deal mediation;
      • Representation before state, municipal, and banking institutions.
      • Legal consulting, research, and analysis;
      • Participation in negotiations;
      • Preparation and drafting of civil, trade, labour and other agreements, memoranda and other documents;
      • Assistance in alternative dispute resolutions to facilitate out-of-court settlements;
      • Representation in court and during arbitration in cases of breach of contract;
      • Legal consulting, research, and analysis;
      • Drafting of labour contracts and job descriptions;
      • Preparation of documentation related to termination of labour contracts, i.e. disciplinary termination, redundancies, mass dismissals, etc.;
      • Court representation in cases of lawsuits in relation to illegal dismissals and voluntary/compulsory redundancy compensations.
      • Legal consulting, research, and analysis;
      • Preparation and drafting of contracts, agreements, memoranda and other documents;
      • Participation in negotiations and closing of contracts, signing of agreements;
      • Court representation;
      • Representation before state, municipal, and banking institutions.
      • Procedural representation and legal defence in all court instances during commercial, civil, and administrative lawsuits.
      • Preparation of court documentation without court representation;
      • Assessment of possible legal risk in filing a lawsuit for a specific legal dispute;
      • Assistance in out-of-court settlements;
      • Procedural representation and facilitation of the receivables recovery process after a court enforceable ruling.
      • Consulting on a current or future cases filed with the Commission for Protection of Competition;
      • Procedural representation before the Commission for Protection of Competition;
      • Research, statements, and consulting on competition law.

    With us,
    your corporate legal issues
    will be in good hands.

    Petya Noycheva & Partners Law Office’s goal and mission is to prevent problems from happening before they even arise. We succeed in doing so because we know our clients’ businesses. Our phone lines are always open for you and we will answer all your calls at any time. A first consultation with us is entirely free!

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    Petya Noycheva

    Partner

    Member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2000

    Co-founder and Partner in Petya Noycheva & Partners since December 2006

    A litigation expert, specialising in negotiations and commercial law

    Petya Noycheva’s legal expertise is in the field of negotiations between companies and clients’ negotiations with banks, institutions, and state authorities. Ms. Noycheva has a solid experience in conducting negotiations in countries from the European Union, Switzerland, the Middle East – such as Iran, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, as well as in the USA, China, Japan, and others. Her success in developing negotiation strategies and holding commercial and legal talks with a wide range of business clients has contributed to her excellent reputation in international legal practice.

    Petya Noycheva is an expert in contract law and preparation of commercial agreements.

    She works in cooperation with local and foreign law offices, which specialise in different areas of law, and if needed, she assists in finding appropriate consulting services from law experts in Bulgaria and/or abroad, supervising a specific case until its successful completion.

    Ms. Noycheva is fluent in English.

    In her spare time she likes travelling and playing tennis.

    +359 2 958 23 38 | +359 888 640 973 | noycheva@pnp.bg
    Bulgarian, English

    Romanticist-in-residence.

    Andon Nastev

    Partner

    Member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2006

    Co-founder and Partner in Petya Noycheva & Partners since December 2006

    A specialist in the field of contract law, industrial property law and procedural representation

    Andon Nastev has specialised in contract law. He has considerable expertise in drafting commercial contracts, including agreements under the Law on Copyright and Neighbouring Rights.

    Industrial property and more precisely trade marks are the legal area Mr. Nastev focuses on. He provides consulting, registration, and protection for your trade mark.

    Andon Nastev is the Bulgarian lawyer who was among the first to initiate (in compliance with the 2008 Civil Procedure Code) a reference for preliminary ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union regarding an interpretation of Article 5 of the First Council Directive 89/104/EEC to approximate the laws of the Member States relating to trade marks, including an interpretation of the term “import” within the meaning of Article 5(3)(c) of the Directive.

    Mr. Nastev is a registered representative of industrial property in the field of trade marks, entered under Nr. 476 in the Industrial Property Representatives Registry at the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria.

    Andon Nastev is also a European Representative of Industrial Property in the field of trade marks, registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office under registry entry Nr. 69916 of the registered industrial property representatives with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

    Andon Nastev works in cooperation with local representatives of industrial property for countries from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. If foreign national trade marks are to be registered, Mr. Nastev provides assistance and acts as a mediator between a client and foreign intellectual property offices, monitoring the process of registration until the procedure is successfully completed.

    Mr. Nastev speaks English, German, and Russian.

    In his leisure time he enjoys his hobbies – photography, painting, and ceramic art.

    +359 2 958 23 38 | +359 885 021 029 | nastev@pnp.bg
    Bulgarian, English, German, Russian

    Knows who killed Laura Palmer.

    Ginka Dimitrova

    Associated Attorney

    Member of the Sofia Bar Association since 2010

    Ms. Dimitrova began her career at Petya Noycheva & Partners in 2007 and became an associate attorney in 2010.

    She is an expert in food legislation, the laws on food additives and medical supplies and equipment.

    Ginka Dimitrova has focused her professional interests in the area of food safety legislation as this legal sphere is currently being developed in Bulgaria. She has specialised in European food legislation by attending a number of trainings and discussions in the field, including meetings with Bulgarian food safety authorities. She has submitted proposals for the introduction of changes in the food legislation in Bulgaria.

    Ms. Dimitrova is a consultant on medical supplies and equipment legislation. She is a highly qualified and experienced lawyer in activities related to registration, labeling and market placement of medical supplies and equipment of any class. She takes part in legal trainings about medical devices abroad, including the strategic event held in Dusseldorf, The International Congress on Market Access & Regulatory Affairs in Medical Devices (MARA2016).

    Ginka Dimitrova provides consulting on corporate registration procedures for state and municipal authorities such as the Customs Agency, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, the Bulgarian Drug Agency, the Commission for Personal Data Protection, the Commercial Register, the Ministry of Health, the Regional Environmental Protection Agencies, and others. She has a solid experience in resolving various legal issues and has mastered her conflict resolution skills when such situations arise between representatives of the business sector and the state administration.

    Ms. Dimitrova has a personal goal of protecting the right to court representation for all, regardless of their financial and/or social standing. For this purpose, she volunteers as a pro bono legal counsel.

    She is fluent in English.

    In her leisure time she likes reading, travelling, and camping.

    +359 2 958 23 38 | +359 885 44 92 91 | dimitrova@pnp.bg
    Bulgarian, English

    Power beyond muscle.

    Dimitar Yanev

    Trainee

    Dimitar Yanev started working for Peya Noycheva & Partners Law Office in 2016.

    He holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of National and World Economy, which he graduated with distinction in 2015. While completing his degree, Mr. Yanev took part in and was the winner of national competitions in civil and commercial case studies. He published articles and attended seminars and further trainings in commercial law.

    Dimitar Yanev provides paralegal and technical services to the law office team, participates in drafting all documents and assists in maintaining contacts between clients and partners.

    Mr. Yanev is interested in specialising in commercial and contract law, industrial property law, and labour law.

    He speaks fluent English.

    In his spare time he enjoys hiking and mountaineering.

    +359 2 958 23 38 | +359 890 91 11 01 | yanev@pnp.bg
    Bulgarian, English

    The PNP Bimonthly.

    Every two months in this here space an article or a white paper will be published penned by a member of our team. Inevitably, legal matters will be discussed but those shall invariably be of at least some practical relevance to our clients and prospects. The objective of the articles section is indeed to strip the burning legal issues of the day from the legalese and make them comprehensible.

    The PNP Bimonthly

    Previous Issues

    Trademarks in the EU:
    most recent developments.

    Brand owners of European Union trade marks (with the former name Community trade marks) and trade marks with an international registration designating the European Union, are entitled in the period from 23.03.2016 until 24.09.2016 to file a declaration under Art. 28, para. 8 of the new Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council.

    On 16.12.2015 the European Parliament adopted a new regulation – Regulation (EU) 2015/2424 of the European Parliament and the Council, which amended the old Regulation (EC) 207/2009 on the Community trade mark and a number of other acts.

    The new regulation entered into force on the 23.03.2016.

    Before the entry into force of the new regulation in relation to trade marks that have been applied for registration before 22.06.2012 in respect of the whole heading of the relevant class of the Nice Classification, it was assumed that such trade marks provide legal protection in recpect to all goods or services included in the alphabetical list of goods or services of the respective class, i.e. the class headings in respect of these brands were interpreted extensive (broadly), not restrictive (literally).

    After the entry into force of the new regulation, the headings of the classes of goods or services of the Nice Classification will be interpreted in terms of all trade marks restrictive (literally). This means that they will include only those goods or services, which are covered by the literal meaning of the terms included in the heading of the respective class. Therefore, the owners of European Union trade marks, respectively of trade marks with an international registration designating the European Union, which were filed or designated for registration before 22.06.2012 and which are registered on or before 22.03.2016 for the whole heading of the relevant class of the Nice classification, are entitled in the period from 23.03.2016 until 24.09.2016 to file a declaration under Art. 28, para. 8 of the new Regulation, declaring that their intention on the date of filing the application for registration, respectively the application for international registration or territorial designation under the Madrid system, had been to seek protection in respect of goods or services beyond those covered by the literal meaning of the terms included in the heading of the respective class.

    For example, if you own an European Union trade mark for these services – “transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement”(i.e. the whole heading of Class 39), and you offer and brand with your trade mark only services of rental of diving suits, which are not included in the heading of class 39, you shall file a declaration under the new regulation until 24.09.2016, which explicitly state that at the time of filing the application for registration of your trade mark your intention had been to seek protection in respect of services beyond those covered by the literal meaning of the terms included in the heading of Class 39, namely, in your class – for rental of diving suits. Based on the submitted by you declaration the services of rental of diving suits will be added to the above listed services, included in the heading of Class 39.

    However, if your trade mark is registered for the following services – ” transport; packaging and storage of goods; travel arrangement; rental of diving suits “( i.e. the whole heading of Class 39 plus rental of diving suits) and you offer and brand with your trade mark only services of rental of diving suits, you are not required to file declaration under the new regulation.

    Goods or services listed in the declaration filed under the new regulation need to be included in the alphabetical list of goods or services of the respective class in the relevant edition of the Nice Classification, which was in force at the time of filing the application for registration of your European Union trade mark, respectively filing the application for international registration or territorial designation under the Madrid system.

    In case within the six months term – from 23.03.2016 until 24.09.2016, the owners of the affected European Union trade marks, respectively trade marks with an international registration designating the European Union, fail to submit a declaration under Art. 28, para. 8 of the new regulation after the 24.09.2016 it will be interpreted that their trade marks provide protection only in respect to those goods or services, which are covered by the literal meaning of the terms included in the heading of the respective class.

    The deadline for filing declarations under Art. 28, para. 8 of the new regulation is preclusive! This means that it cannot be extended.

    Declarations under Art. 28, para. 8 of the new regulation should be submitted in one of the five official languages of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (formerly Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market), namely: English, German, French, Italian or Spanish.

    The submission and the processing of the declarations under the new regulation are free of charge and the declarants do not owe fees in favor of the European Union Intellectual Property Office. In this context, brand owners should be warned about the recent cases of fraud by unscrupulous individuals who try to deceive brand owners in order to profit at their expense.

    Finally, it should be noted that Art. 28, para. 8 of the new regulation does not apply to applications for registration of European Union trade marks and trade marks with an international registration designating the European Union, filed on or after 22.06.2012, as well as those which have been filed on or before 21.06.2012, but are still not registered by the 23.03.2016.

    In case you wish to submit a declaration under Article 28, para. 8 of the new regulation it is advisable to contact a professional. Lawyer Andon Nastev is a registered European industrial property representative and will gladly advise and assist you.

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