Contracting state

Bulgaria

Legal basis for levying renewal fees

 

Art. 72e, Art. 33 PL
Decr. Fees

Enquiries re renewal fees:

Tel. +359 2 9701321
Fax +359 2 8735258

1

Amount of fees

(plus any charges levied by banks)

 

Year

BGN

Year

BGN

3rd

40

12th

700

4th

40

13th

800

5th

140

14th

900

6th

180

15th

1 000

7th

220

16th

1 100

8th

270

17th

1 200

9th

380

18th

1 300

10th

500

19th

1 500

11th

600

20th

1 700


Decr. Fees

2

(a) Due date (in the patent year concerned)

(b) Time limit for payment (without surcharge)*

(c) Earliest possible date for payment

 

(a) Last day of the month in which the preceding patent year expires.

(Each patent year starts from the filing date of the patent application)

(b) 2 months under the conditions laid down in Article 141 EPC

(c) Payment may not be made more than 12 months before due date.


Art. 33(1), (2) PL

3

Period of grace for payment of fees (with surcharge)

(a) duration

(b) surcharge

 

(a) 6 months from due date

(b) twice the rate


Art. 33(3) PL

4

Communication of a reminder in cases of non-payment

(a) provided for?

(b) date of despatch

 

(a) No

(b) n/a

5

Restitutio in integrum

(a) provided for?

(b) time limit for submitting application

 

(a) Yes

(b1) A patent that has lapsed due to non-payment of an annual renewal fee may be renewed within 6 months of expiry of the time limit referred to in Art. 33(3) PL on payment of a fee for this and double the originally due fee.

(b2) 3 months after the reason ceases to apply; no later than 12 months after expiry of non-observed time limit


Art. 26(2), Art. 49 PL

6

Appointment of a national professional representative for

(a) payment of fees

(b) communication of a reminder of non-payment

(c) proceedings in respect of restitutio in integrum

 

(a) No

(b) n/a

(c) Yes

7

Information regarding lapse of patent in cases of non-payment of renewal fees

 

Entry in the patent register

Publication in the patent bulletin

* For first renewal fee to be paid, see Art. 141(2) EPC.

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