The International Trademark Association in co-operation with the Bulgarian Patent Office and the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry are holding a roundtable in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 2, 2003. The topics will include trademark issues and more specifically the upcoming harmonization of the Bulgarian trademark law with the European Union legal standards.

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INTA Government Seminar

September 2, 2003

Chamber of Commerce, 42 Parchevich Str., 1058, Sofia, Bulgaria

 In Cooperation with the Bulgarian Trademark and Patent Office and the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce

08:30-09:00 Registration
09:00-09:15 Welcome by Tzonka Taushanova, Commissioner of the Bulgarian Trademark and Patent Office

Introduction by Elena Bojinova, Bojinov & Bojinov Ltd. Patent, Trademark & Law Offices, Sofia, Bulgaria

- Part I -

Moderator: Nicolai von Funer, von Funer Ebbinghaus Finck Hano, Munich, Germany

09:15 - 10:45 Trademark examination - absolute and relative grounds for refusal
Achim Bender, Judge at the German Federal Patent Court and Member of the Third Board of Appeal of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, Alicante, Spain
10:45 - 11:00 Discussion
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 12:30 Domain Names
Petter Rindforth, Partner of Groth & Co. KB, Stockholm, Sweden
12:30 - 12:45 Discussion
12:45 - 13.45 Lunch Break Keynote speaker to be confirmed

- Part II -

Moderator: Gordana Pavlovic, Cabinet Pavlovic, Brussels (Belgium) and Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro)

13:45 - 14:45 Geographical Indications
Dr. Burkhart Goebel, Partner, Lovells, Hamburg, Germany
14:45 - 15:00 Discussion
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:30 Well-known trademarks and exhaustion of trademark rights
Gerhard Bauer, Head of the Trademarks Department of DaimlerChrysler AG, Stuttgart, Germany
16:30 - 16:45 Discussion
16:45 - 17:00 Judge Alexey Ivanov, Bulgarian Appellate Court
18:00 - 20:00 Cocktail Reception

1 September 2003

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