EU Parliament Elections in Bulgaria– Intellectual Property in the spotlight

Disputes over the names of parties and coalitions have made it clear that trademark registration is not the best approach   

The election campaign for MEPs put an emphasis on an interesting topic that otherwise rarely finds such a central spot in the public debate. Disputes over the names of parties, coalitions, and preelection slogans have revealed that politicians and journalists are not very familiar with the particularities of intellectual property law. In the present case the focus is on the monopoly that intellectual property law allows on a particular word or phrase. There are several legal ways to acquire such a monopoly and each has a different scope and effect.    

The recent disputes over the names “Greens”, “Coalition for Bulgaria” and “Europe listens to us” have highlighted the importance of IP rights and have revealed the noticeable lack of adequate IP protection.   

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