Statistical Country Profiles

Bulgaria

Population (Million): 7.02 (2018)

Gross Domestic Product (Billion US$)(Constant 2011 US$ (PPP)): 135.71 (2018)

 

IP Filings (Resident + Abroad, Including Regional) and Economy

Year

Patent

Trademark (class count)

Industrial Design (design count)

GDP (Constant 2011 US$)

2009

397

48,866

 

111.55

2010

391

59,887

4,969

113.03

2011

395

69,483

6,404

115.19

2012

371

70,229

14,188

115.23

2013

500

59,901

27,140

115.80

2014

467

75,522

29,226

117.93

2015

512

72,962

25,722

122.02

2016

427

76,010

17,216

126.82

2017

425

66,918

18,173

131.66

2018

459

75,095

14,862

135.71

 

Patent

Patent Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

259

24

138

2010

252

17

139

2011

278

21

117

2012

257

14

114

2013

304

15

196

2014

250

16

217

2015

313

11

199

2016

249

11

178

2017

233

23

192

2018

212

18

247

Patent Grants

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

138

109

60

2010

124

130

89

2011

69

67

67

2012

62

44

37

2013

72

58

59

2014

63

16

75

2015

35

9

69

2016

47

6

103

2017

91

8

101

2018

189

10

121

Patents in Force

Year

Patent in force

2009

5,919

2010

6,812

2011

7,399

2012

8,486

2013

9,378

2014

10,203

2015

10,721

2016

11,511

2017

12,039

2018

13,393

Utility Model Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

170

8

6

2010

165

13

1

2011

207

17

2

2012

191

19

4

2013

361

11

10

2014

220

13

20

2015

263

9

8

2016

450

12

17

2017

264

17

31

2018

 

 

9

 

Trademark (class count)

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

15,600

6,457

33,266

2010

15,723

5,474

44,164

2011

15,099

5,492

54,384

2012

15,054

4,862

55,175

2013

13,965

5,238

45,936

2014

15,497

4,282

60,025

2015

15,572

3,993

57,390

2016

16,105

3,893

59,905

2017

15,129

4,128

51,789

2018

14,910

4,822

60,185

Number of Classes Specified in Trademark Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

14,252

9,374

24,390

2010

10,390

8,179

30,401

2011

8,002

7,695

33,139

2012

13,528

6,345

34,571

2013

14,333

5,819

35,399

2014

10,444

4,581

45,577

2015

8,340

4,354

46,966

2016

11,426

3,725

43,135

2017

14,917

4,684

53,414

2018

12,992

4,772

49,279

 

Industrial Design (design count)

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Applications

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

4,246

2010

679

48

4,290

2011

820

72

5,584

2012

1,221

235

12,967

2013

1,760

263

25,380

2014

1,894

60

27,332

2015

1,492

219

24,230

2016

1,230

274

15,986

2017

1,250

267

16,923

2018

933

112

13,929

Number of Designs in Industrial Design Registrations

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

 

 

4,188

2010

514

53

3,043

2011

810

54

5,494

2012

1,047

173

10,900

2013

1,304

265

18,930

2014

1,268

54

17,874

2015

1,321

53

23,667

2016

846

384

14,296

2017

1,142

280

16,100

2018

1,220

112

14,340

 

International Applications via WIPO Administered Treaties

Applications Under the WIPO Systems

Year

PCT

Madrid

Hague

2009

25

331

8

2010

33

228

9

2011

28

224

16

2012

33

319

12

2013

58

298

21

2014

52

288

5

2015

57

280

19

2016

58

248

14

2017

50

190

13

2018

60

245

14

PCT National Phase Entry (Direct and via Regional Office)

Year

Resident

Non-Resident

Abroad

2009

1

19

24

2010

1

10

52

2011

2

6

50

2012

 

9

36

2013

1

7

90

2014

2

4

94

2015

 

1

110

2016

2

3

72

2017

2

1

94

2018

1

3

126

 

PCT Top Applicants

PCT Applicant

2016

2017

2018

ABB BULGARIA EOOD

 

 

3

'INDEX-6' LTD

1

 

1

ADIPHARM EAD

 

 

1

AGRO SNAIPER OOD

 

 

1

ALMOTT LTD.

2

 

1

AMG TECHNOLOGY LIMITED

 

 

1

ASTECH 2015 LTD

 

 

1

BULTEH - 2000 LTD

 

1

1

CPD LTD.

 

1

1

DEMAX - HOLOGRAMS AD

 

3

1

 

Madrid Top Applicants

Madrid Applicant

2016

2017

2018

EURO GAMES TECHNOLOGY LTD.

36

7

48

BALGARSKA NEZAVISIMA ENERGIINA BORSA EAD

 

 

5

SOPHARMA AD

4

5

5

BODI-BEAUTY EOOD

 

 

4

LB BULGARICUM EAD

 

 

4

PHOENIX MEDIA LTD.

 

 

4

BEST BRANDS EOOD

 

 

3

CREMIO EAD

1

 

3

DIMITAR HRISTOV BALEV

6

7

3

HUVEPHARMA AD

2

18

3

 

Hague Top Applicants

Hague Applicant

2016

2017

2018

ITAL FOOD EAD

 

6

18

BALEV EOOD

4

3

7

BULGARIAN INDUSTRIALENGINEERING COMPANY LTD

 

 

5

IVAN PETROV PETROV

 

 

4

EMILIA KALAYDJIEVA

 

 

1

FSOKT OOD

 

 

1

HLEBOZAVOD TIMS EOOD

 

 

1

SVELTANA MINCHEVA ANDREEVA

 

 

1

 

Source: WIPO statistics database. Last updated: 10/2019

• The statistics are based on data collected from IP offices or extracted from WIPO's operational databases. Data might be missing for some years and offices or may be incomplete for some origins. The data relating to population and gross domestic product (GDP) are from the UN Statistics Division and the World Bank.
• A resident filing refers to an application filed in the country by its own resident; whereas a non-resident filing refers to the one filed by a foreign applicant. An abroad filing refers to an application filed by this country's resident at a foreign office.
• Where an office provides total filings without breaking them down into resident and non-resident filings, WIPO divides the total count using the historical share of resident filings at that office.
• IP filings and Economy lists patent, trademark and industrial design filings worldwide by applicants from this country (resident + abroad).
• One filing at the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) or the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) is treated as equavalent of multiple abroad filings at each member state; whereas one filing at the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) is counted as one abroad filing due to lack of information on designation.
• Bulgaria is a member of the European Patent Convention from 2002. Patent filings by residents of this country at the European Patent Office (EPO) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office.
• Bulgaria is a member of the European Union. Trademark and industrial design filings by residents of this country at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) are considered both resident and abroad filings via regional office.
• Application class count: The number of classes specified in a trademark application. In the international trademark system and at certain national and regional offices, an applicant can file a trademark application that specifies one or more of the 45 goods and services classes of the Nice Classification. Offices use a single- or multi-class filing system. For example, the offices of Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States of America (US) as well as many European IP offices have multi-class filing systems. The offices of Brazil, Malaysia and Mexico follow a single-class filing system, requiring a separate application for each class in which an applicant seeks trademark protection. To capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration class counts.
• Application design count: The number of designs contained in an industrial design application. Under the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, it is possible for an applicant to obtain protection for up to 100 industrial designs for products belonging to one and the same class by filing a single application. Some national or regional IP offices allow applications to contain more than one design for the same product or within the same class, while others allow only one design per application. In order to capture the differences in application numbers across offices, it is useful to compare their respective application and registration design counts.
• Contact information: Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO. Tel.: +41-22-338-91-11, email: Ipstats.mail@wipo.int.