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Latvian intellectual property strategy. Reinis Bērziņš, Director, Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia. Effective Latvian intellectual property strategy. Main document - Intellectual property protection guidelines 2008 – 2012 Several strategic focuses :

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latvian intellectual property strategy

Latvian intellectual property strategy

Reinis Bērziņš,

Director, Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia

effective latvian intellectual property strategy
Effective Latvian intellectual property strategy

Main document - Intellectual property protection guidelines 2008 – 2012

Several strategic focuses :

  • Promote educational and inventive activities
  • Foster public awareness of IP
  • Improve institutional cooperation
  • Prevent abuses of IP


Latvian intellectual property strategy

upcoming latvian intellectual property strategy
Upcoming Latvian intellectual property strategy
  • Currently work on new guidelines for year 2013-2017
  • Had to be accepted by Cabinet of Ministers
  • Written by Ministry of Justice
  • Working group: LPO, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Culture, patent attorneys, police and customs office, NGO’s, universities etc.
  • Positive features: well structured; concrete tasks and timing
  • Negative features: goals should be reached without additional financial resources; guidelines is not integrated with the state’s economical vision + political unstability

Latvian intellectual property strategy


Major challenges: Changing legal status of LPO

Problem: LPO as a main state institution responsible for IP receives state annual assignments significantly less than it contributes to the state budget.

Key initiatives taken:

New IPL: LPO should become a self-financing state agency which finances itself from services LPO provides.

New guidelines: LPO = IPO?


Latvian intellectual property strategy


Major challenges: Changing legal status ofBOA

Problem: Most of members of Board of Appeals (BOA) work also in LPO & opposition cases are settled in administrative court

Key initiative taken:

The new IPL: Members will work only in BOA & opposition cases are settled in civil court.


Latvian intellectual property strategy


Major challenges: Increasing quality of e-services

Problem: Growingdemand on new e-services (such as online filing) vs backward in IT infrastructure

Key initiatives:

  • Investing financial resources (in amount of 10% of LPO’s budget) in IT development in 2012
  • Further cooperation with international partners (e.g. OHIM’s Cooperation fund)
  • New LPO’s web page to be launched at the 2nd half of 2012 (with special section for IP)


Latvian intellectual property strategy


Major challenges: Raising awareness of IPprotection

Problem: Lack of knowledge about IP issues in society

Key initiatives taken:

  • Transformation of Patent technical library (PTL)
  • Participation in specific events (e.g. “Praise good service!”)
  • Regular seminars in different cities in Latvia & special occasions (conference on 8.-9. May)

Upcoming initiatives in new guidelines:

  • Mandatory IP course for several programs of higher education
  • Collection of case law on IP


Latvian intellectual property strategy


Thank you for attention!

Latvian intellectual property strategy