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September 18, 2018 EU Intellectual Property Network
European Cooperation: The Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria implements ECP2 Front Office
The Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria (BPO) has successfully completed the implementation of ECP2-Front Office Release 1, bringing improved trade mark and design e-filing services to Bulgarian users.
The release replaces the existing Front Office tools implemented by the Cooperation Fund with a newer version, developed by the European Cooperation Programme. As well as enhanced e-filing, the system also includes 29 e-services for trade marks and designs.
The new systems were made available through the BPO portal on 14 September 2018.
The implementation of the new Front Office version started in February 2017 within the framework of the European Cooperation projects (ECP 2 – “Major improvements to existing tools”), for which BPO was a pilot office. The project has been carried out with support of different teams from EUIPO and BPO.
This new version of Front Office includes a technology upgrade, which will make the tool faster, more secure and easier to maintain. Additionally, the new system includes six new e-services as well as functional improvements.
BPO is the fourth pilot IP office to implement the Front Office release under the ECP2 project. The other three pilot offices were Finland (implemented December 2017), Sweden (implemented January 2018) and Portugal (implemented February 2018).