Bulgaria marks 10 years of membership in the European Patent Organisation
19 October 2012
The President of the European
Patent Office (EPO), Benoît Battistelli, met with representatives of
government, industry and academia in Bulgaria to discuss how to further
strengthen the country's patent system, and enhance co-operation between the
EPO and the Bulgarian Patent Office.
"Patents play a key role in supporting innovation and economic
growth," said President Battistelli, speaking at the Bulgarian Inventors
of the Year event, dedicated this year to the 10th anniversary of Bulgaria's
accession to the European Patent Convention. "Europe
already has a solid patent system at the service of European and global
businesses and inventors. Only by co-operating closely with our local partners,
the national patent offices, can we further improve the environment for
innovation," he added.
President Battistelli handed out the award for lifetime achievement to Prof.
Vladko Todorov Panayotov, a renowned inventor in the field of technology of
cleaning of waste waters and extraction of precious materials from industrial
waste. His name was entered into the Golden Book of Bulgarian
Inventors, together with the names of Dr. Violeta Andonova (pharmaceuticals)
and Prof. Sia Lozanova (sensorics). The other categories were chemistry and
biotechnology, mechanical engineering and construction, electronics and
electrotechnology and most innovative company.
"Bulgarian inventors deserve to be recognised and society has the duty to
honour their achievements," said Prof. Kamen Veselinov, President of the
Bulgarian Patent Office (BPO). "With this award ceremony we want to make
Bulgarian inventors and their contribution known the same way the EPO does for
Mr. Battistelli and Mr. Veselinov opened a panel discussion on IP knowledge and
awareness at universities, which was co-organised by the BPO and the EPO and
brought together Bulgarian universities' faculty and researchers.
The EPO and BPO Presidents also discussed bilateral co-operation. The two
offices are implementing a range of joint activities including professional
training, the strengthening of patent-related services to industry, the
implementation of electronic tools for patent information and the development
of the EPO's Patent Translate service for Bulgarian. These are part of the
Bilateral Co-operation Plan with Bulgaria established under the
EPO's "Co-operation Roadmap" with its member states.
President Battistelli also met with Bulgarian Minister of Education, Youth and
Science Sergey Ignatov and the Minister of Economy, Energy and Tourism, Delyan
Dobrev. The talks focused on efficient ways to promote innovation and
competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy through IP as well as in particular
how to best raise patent awareness in business and engineering universities
He also held meetings with representatives of academia, including Prof. Vanyo
Mitev, Chairman of the Bulgarian Rector's Council, which highlighted the
underexploited innovation potential of Bulgaria's universities, and
focused on ways of boosting their patenting activity.
has been a member of the European Patent Organisation since 1 July 2002.