The Intellectual Property University Centre was established by a decision of the Academic Council of the University of National and World Economy (UNWE) of July 12, 2017, as a successor of the Centre for Intellectual Property(established by a decision of the Academic Council of UNWE of September 1, 2003) and of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Leadership (established by a decision of the Academic Council of UNWE of July 7, 2013). It was opened by the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr Georgi Parvanov, the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization Dr Kamil Idris, the Minister of Education Assoc. Prof. Igor Damyanov, PhD, and Assoc. Prof. Borislav Borisov, PhD – National Assembly Deputy and Director of the Centre/Institute.
The Intellectual Property University Centre is situated on the territory of UNWE over an area of 700 square metres.
The Centre has:
- a study hall seating 40 people, equipped with a multimedia projector and other audiovisual aids;
- a computer hall for distance learning with 10 work stations;
- a conference hall with a seating capacity of 60, a multimedia projector, two fully equipped booths for simultaneous translation;
- a publishing section, supplied with the necessary equipment for the transformation of information from one information carrier to another to a finished product, incl. covering the current work of scientific forums;
- three administrative offices with six work stations, supplied with computers and other equipment, necessary to carry out the staff service of the Institute;
- a board room for workshops or smaller scientific forums.
Over the whole Centre there is high-speed Internet access.
The Intellectual Property Centre works in a close collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the WIPO Academy on the basis of a framework agreement of cooperation, signed between the parties in 2001.