March 23, 2021 News

‘The European Network of Authenticities’ grows to include Sofia and Plovdiv


After Thessaloniki (Greece), two more cities, Sofia and Plovdiv (Bulgaria), joined the ‘European Network of Authenticities’ under the framework of the European Cooperation Project.

Following a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria and both municipalities (on18 November 2020 and 22 December 2020), and in cooperation with different stakeholders, a series of IP-related awareness-raising activities will take place locally over the next two years in the newly certified Authenticities.

This European Cooperation Project aims to raise awareness among local policymakers, businesses, and the European public, of both the value of IP and the damaging effects of counterfeiting in European cities.

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and its largest city. It is also the country’s main administrative, cultural, and educational centre. A sixth of Bulgaria’s industrial production is concentrated in Sofia.



Plovdiv,European Capital of Culture in 2019, is the second largest city in Bulgaria. It’s a city with over 8 000 years of history. Plovdiv is fast becoming Southern Bulgaria’s most dynamic and developed city and hub. Its economy is well developed and diversified, which includes a mixture of industry, services, tourism, and information technology.



Through this EUIPO project, the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria, in cooperation with these two municipalities and several local stakeholders, will aim to combat counterfeiting and to simultaneously increase IP awareness on a local level. In that sense, it will also be joining the Authenticity of Thessaloniki in the task of further building a European network of certified Authenticities, where best practices can be shared and new synergies created.

The National Offices of Portugal (with the Municipality of Lisbon) and Greece OBI (with the Municipality of Mykonos) have already expressed their interest in joining the network in the near future.

The new website of the network will be available soon.