Dr. Arūnas Želvys was nominated as a new Director of the State Patent Bureau (SPB) on 20th March 2015.
Mr Arūnas Želvys has been working as the Head of Law and International Affairs Division of the SPB for five years. He was also a Justice Attaché for IP and civil law matters in Brussels during the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council. The new Director has graduated from the University of Vilnius, Law Faculty and also holds a PhD in the industrial property field.
In 2014 State Patent Bureau of Lithuania received 5892 applications for registration of industrial property objects, increased 1,5 percent over 2013, and 27 percent increased over 2012.
In preparation for the introduction of the euro in Lithuania we expect that the State patent Bureau eServices will be down beginning at 4 p.m., Wednesday, December 31st 2014 through 11 a.m., Friday, January 2nd 2015.
From the 30th of September 2014, the submission of the trademarks and designs applications and other related documents can be filled through the newly amendment electronic system of the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania (SPB). A new system allows to fill the applications and send other documents and communications more easily and faster.
From 4 September 2014, the provisions of Article 66 of the Patent Law of the Republic of Lithuania, “International patent applications when the National Patent Office is the designated or elected patent office”, will cease to be valid. According to part 1 of Article 45 of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), termination of the national route for international applications will enable entities to acquire patent protection in Lithuania according to the European Patent Convention (with the Euro-PCT application).
The State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania (SPB) in co-operation with the European Patent Office (EPO) marking 10th anniversary of Lithuania's accession to the European Patent Convention and 20 year anniversary of signing the first Co-operation Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Lithuania and the European Patent Organization organize regional conference entitled “Redefining Landscape for Patent Protection in Europe” which will take place on 9 October, 2014 in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Annual Review 2013 of the State Patent Bureau of Lithuania (SPB) with the latest statistics was published. It provides basic information on activities of the SPB in the field of legal protection of inventions, trademarks, designs.
Under the initiative of the Ministry of Justice and the State Patent Bureau and by the request of the Government Office of the Republic of Lithuania, the professional law partnership Baltic Legal Solutions Lietuva conducted a study entitled ‘Assessing the possibilities for the implementation of the jurisdiction of the Unified Patent Court in Lithuania: a comparison of local, regional and central divisions’.