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Conference venue

Sofia Hotel Balkan
Sveta Nedelya Square 5
1000 Sofia
Tel. +359 2 981 6541
Fax. + 359 1 980 6464

How to get there

The Sofia Hotel Balkan is easily accessible by all means of transport.

Getting to and from the Sofia Airport

By bus: There is no direct bus from the airport to the hotel. You could take bus 84 which departs from Terminal 2 and get off at Gen. Gurko station, near Sofia University. From there the walking time to the hotel is 15 – 20 minutes. The bus ride takes 40 minutes.

By metro: Take the Metro Line 2 from Sofia International Airport (Terminal 2) direct to the Serdika Station. Arriving at the Serdika station take the exit at the rear of the train, signposted to Maria Luiza Bvd. Follow signs to "Sheraton Hotel" (the old name of the Sofia Balkan).

Should you arrive at Terminal 1, Sofia Airport provides a free transportation between the two terminal buildings.

By taxi: A taxi from the airport to the conference venue Sofia Balkan Hotel costs about EUR 8.

Please visit the Sofia Airports website.

Travelling by car: It is a 10.5 km drive from the airport to the conference hotel, taking approximately 20 -25 minutes.
Exit from the Sofia Airport heading west towards Bul. Bruksel. At the intersection between Bul. Bruksel and Bul. Tsarigrdsko shose make a right turn. Drive ahead on Bul. Tsar Osvoboditel until you reach the intersection of Pl. Nezavisimost and Bul. Knyaginya Maria Luiza. Turn left. The hotel is on your left.

Parking: The hotel itself has no parking space, but you can park the car in front of the hotel. This public parking space is owned by the Municipality of Sofia. The parking fee is EUR 16 per day.


European Patent Office
Patent Office of the Republic of Bulgaria

Contact at EPO

What is the EPO Patent Information Conference?

The EPO Patent Information Conference is one of the leading patent information events in Europe. It is not only a conference, but also a public exhibition, a training event and a meeting point for professionals in the field. This year's event is being organised in co-operation with the Patent Office of Republic of Bulgaria.

Who are the attendees?

The delegates include Europe's big users of patent information as well as participants from around the world. In 2016 more than 400 people attended the EPO Patent Information Conference held in Madrid.

Participation fee

Participation fee: EUR 590
Additional fee for training courses on 6 and 9 November: EUR 115  per course
Price for accompanying persons attending the dinner on  November 2017: EUR 80 

Official languages

The official language of the conference will be English.


The Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website has up-to-date information on visas and entry regulations for Bulgaria.

If you do not find your country in the list please contact your nearest Bulgarian diplomatic mission. Please use the search mask in the top right corner of the following page.


A welcome drink will be served in the exhibition area of the conference venue Sofia Balkan Hotel from 17.00 to 19.00 hrs on Monday, 6 November. On conference days, refreshments will be served on site. Lunch will be provided on 7 and 8 November (not for accompanying persons), but not on 6 or 9 November.

Evening event

Tuesday, 7 November 2017
Central Military Club
Tsar Osvoboditel Blvd 7

19.00 hrs
(fee for partners attending: EUR 80)

Registration desk

The conference registration desk will be open on Monday, 6 November, from 14.00 to 19.00 hrs and from 08.00 hrs onwards on 7, 8 and 9 November.

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