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28.11.2018
New Win for KP's IP Department

Kambourov & Partners successfully represented Sofia Municipality in a copyright litigation initiated by Prof. Starchev, sculptor of elements from the “1300 years Bulgaria” monument that used to be located in front of the National Palace of Culture in the centre of Bulgaria’s capital. With a decision dated 26 November 2018, the Sofia City Court, as the court of first instance, dismissed all of Prof. Starchev's claims and concluded that the actions of Sofia Municipality with regard to the “1300 years Bulgaria” monument have been carried out in line with the legal requirements. The case was particularly complex as it combined copyright, administrative and property law issues. Further, the case involved IP rights acquired under the regime of the old Bulgarian copyright law and their enforcement that is subject to the current Copyright and Neighboring Rights Act.