A hub for intellectual property and technology transfer is being established at the inter-institutional level together with the European Patent Office. This became clear during a meeting between the Minister of Economy and Industry, Nikola Stojanov, and the President of the European Patent Office, Antonio Campinhos. The chairman of the Bulgarian Patent Office, Prof. Vladya Borisova, and Telmo Vilela, Director General of the Academy for Cooperation and Patents, took part in the conversation.
The Institute of Law, Economics and Intellectual Property of the Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” will be the central office of the hub. It will provide training, awareness raising and dissemination of technology transfer to the academic community. The aim is to generate growth at the regional, European and international level through the transfer of technology and knowledge from academia to business. Also, expert capacity will be created in the innovation ecosystem on issues of technology transfer and commercialization of scientific results and objects of intellectual property.
“Encouraging the development of innovations and knowledge-based companies are among the main priorities for the ministry’s team”, Minister Stojanov emphasized. According to him, the exchange of experience between Bulgaria and the European institution for highlighting the best measures in Europe is very valuable. “I am glad that with joint efforts we have restored the good partnership between the European Patent Office and the Bulgarian institution, and I hope that together we will realize many common projects”, Minister Stojanov said.
In August of this year, cooperation between the European Patent Office and the Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria was restored, became clear during the meeting. Antonio Campinhos gave special congratulations to the work of the Bulgarian Patent Office, as one of the very active institutions at the European level.
Minister Nikola Stojanov also attended the 41st entry ceremony in the Golden Book of the Patent Office of Bulgaria. The event was held in the Coat of Arms Hall of the Presidency of the Republic of Bulgaria. During the ceremony, Prof. Dr. Kostadin Kostadinov, Professor of Robotics and Mechatronics at the Institute of Mechanics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Prof. Dr. Eng. Pavlinka Dolashka, head of the scientific team at the Institute of Organic Chemistry and the Centre for Phytochemistry at the BAS and the Water Directorate at the Clean & Cercle Competence Centre, were entered. During the event, an award for general contribution in the field of industrial property was also presented to Thoms Dersarkissian for his 50 years of contribution in the field of industrial property.
The entry into the Golden Book was established in 1981 on the occasion of the celebration of the 1300th anniversary of the establishment of the Bulgarian state. It is opened once a year to add new names or teams that have made high achievements. According to the statute of the Golden Book, proposals for inclusion are made by universities, business, scientific and public organizations and are selected by a special commission. So far, more than 130 prominent Bulgarian scientists and inventors who contributed to the innovative development of the economy and the international fame of Bulgaria, have been entered in the Golden Book.