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Bulgaria Twinning Project




”Developing of national cooperation and information exchange network for protection of intellectual and industrial property rights"

EU - Phare Twinning

Implementation period

2004 – 2005 (18 months)
Beneficiary country
Beneficiary institutions

National Customs Agency, The Bulgarian Patent Office, The Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Interior and The Ministry of Justice

DKPTO role
Junior Partner
850.000 €



  • Establish a legal framework on cooperation between the institutions involved
  • Provide specialized training on IPR protection and enforcement
  • Establish a national information system for information exchange between the institutions involved.


The project was implemented in close cooperation with the lead partner, Queen Mary’s Intellectual Property Research Institute from United Kingdom. The DKPTO provided the Pre-accession Advisor and was in charge of developing the national information exchange system. The project started in March 2004 and was finalized in September 2005.


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