Kalina Tchakarova is a Partner, heading the Intellectual Property and Pharma & Healthcare and co-heading the Media, Entertainment and Sports Practices of DGKV. Her areas of expertise also include contract law, employment, M&A and general corporate law. Kalina has extensive experience in dealing with all types of matters for the pharma industry, including M&A, incorporations, distribution and product launch advice and decommercialization, regulatory issues, advertisement, clinical trials, relations with HCPs and HCOs, employment, public procurement procedures, appeal of regulatory decisions. Kalina a leading practitioner in the area of intellectual property law for more than 20 years. Kalina laid the grounds of the Intellectual Property Practice of the firm and has succeeded in building up the practice and making it one of the best on the Bulgarian legal market. She regularly advises clients on their overall strategies to secure adequate and enforceable brand and design protection. Kalina has extensive experience in filing, prosecution, opposition, cancellation and revocation of trademarks, conduct of intellectual property due diligence and audit, advice on in-kind contribution of IP rights, IP focused M&A deals, drafting, negotiation and registration of licensing and pledge agreements, undertaking of enforcement actions, strategic counselling in settlement negotiations. Kalina represents before the Bulgarian Patent Office, the courts of law, the customs and all other administrative authorities having trademark related competences. On the copyright front Kalina advises on the validity of copyright, assists in enforcement actions, conducts due diligence in complex transactions involving software acquisition, drafts settlement agreements between authors, employers/assignors and acquirors, drafts all types of contracts focusing on copyright objects, including but not limited to software, works of design, works of literature, technical inventions.
Involvement in recent representative projects:
- Advising Carlsberg Breweries and its Bulgarian subsidiary for over 16 years on trademark registration and opposition matters, risks of the introduction of foreign labels of the group on the Bulgarian market, trademark enforcement strategic advice and representation, renewals and monthly trademark monitoring.
- Advising Meta (Facebook Inc.) for more than 12 years now on all aspects of the protection and enforcement of its trademark rights in Bulgaria. The work includes filing of oppositions, negotiations with owners of conflicting signs or applications, infringement litigation, settlement negotiations. In recent years the scope of work has been extended to cover hate speech matters, covering of election campaign, advice on the obligation to assist Bulgarian authorities in cases where disclosure of data about users is requested.
- Advising Swedish Orphan Biovitrium AB in relation to all aspects of its operations in Bulgaria, including patient support service agreements, localisation of HCC agreements, corporate matters and regulatory compliance, distribution and advertisement. Recently we assisted with the preparation of a local compliance presentation for a Bulgarian contract partners of the client.
- Assisting Aspen Pharma Europe GmbH on general corporate and regulatory matters, privacy issues, contracts review, de-listing of products.