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Intellectual property in Latvia

Intellectual Property

National Organisations
Consult the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia. The application for the grant or registration of a patent can be done in the language of the country, in English, in Russian or German. These applications have to be addressed to the patents office in Latvia, either directly or through the intermediary of a legal representative. The related law of patents was voted in 1993 and as for trademarks, the law was passed in the same year.
Latvian law is very similar to French Law but the protection of intellectual property rights will be consolidated in the near future.
Regional Organisations
In Latvia there are several non-governmental organizations which defend intellectual property, such as, for example, the association LIVA .

National Regulation and International Agreements

Type of property and law Validity International Agreements Signed
Patent Law 30 March 1995
20 years, renewable for a period not exceeding 5 years
Law on trademarks and indications of geographical origin 16 June 1999
10 years, renewable for a consecutive period of 10 years Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks
Law on the protection of Designs and Industrial Models 4 May 1993
5 years, renewable for two consecutive 5-year periods  
Law on copyright 6 April 2000
Came into force on 11 May 2000. The text of the law
WIPO Copyright Treaty
Industrial Models
Law on the protection of Designs and Industrial Models 4 May 1993
Text of the law

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