Patents Trademarks | Industrial Designs | Intellectual Property in Latvia

Latvia

  • Patents of invention
  • Trade and Service Marks
  • Industrial Designs
  • Domain Names

LEGAL BASIS

  • Patent Law, in force since March 1, 2007, with latest amendments in force from January 1, 2016.
  • Industrial Property Institution and Procedure Law, in force from January 1, 2016.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, Stockholm Act, since September 7, 1993.
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty, since September 7, 1993.
  • European Patent Convention, since July 1, 2005.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Specification with claims and an abstract in English, German, French or Russian for translation into Latvian - 1 copy;
  • Drawings (if applicable);
  • Priority document (if applicable);
  • A document on the deposit of the microorganism in an international depository authority (if applicable).

REMARKS

National Phase of PCT: under Chapter I: 31 months; under Chapter II: 31 months.
Validity: issued after formal examination - valid for 20 years from the filing date.
Annuities: are to be paid after the grant of the patent.
Opposition: none.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Law on Trademarks and Indications of Geographical Origin, in force since July 15, 1999, with latest amendments in force from January 1, 2016.
  • Industrial Property Institution and Procedure Law, in force from January 1, 2016.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, Stockholm Act, since September 7, 1993.
  • Madrid Agreement, since January 1, 1995.
  • Madrid Protocol, since January 5, 2000.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • The mark (word mark or label) and the list of goods for which the mark should be protected;
  • 10 copies (size: 5 x 5; 5 x 10; 8 x 8 cm); images in electronic format also accepted;
  • Priority document, if any.

REMARKS

Kinds of protection: verbal, pictorial, or a combination of both, two- and three-dimensional designations. Collective marks and service marks are registrable.
Classification: International. 
Obligation to use the registered mark: compulsory. Non-use during any five-year period of effective registration allows any interested party to require cancellation of the registration.
Duration - renewals: 10 years from the filing date, renewable for further 10-year periods.
Opposition: possible within three months from the publication date.

LEGAL BASIS

  • Law on Industrial Designs, in force since November 18, 2004, with latest amendments in force from January 1, 2016.
  • Industrial Property Institution and Procedure Law, in force from January 1, 2016.

MEMBERSHIP IN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTIONS

  • Paris Convention, Stockholm Act, since September 7, 1993.
  • Hague Agreement, Geneva Act, since July 26, 2005.

FILING REQUIREMENTS

  • Information identifying the applicant and the designer;
  • A representation of the industrial design in triplicate;
  • Priority document (may be filed within three months);
  • Deed of Assignment, only if the applicant is not the same as the one shown in the priority document.

REMARKS

Duration - renewals: after formal examination: 5 years. Extension: four additional 5-year periods.
Opposition: third parties may contest the registration of a design before the Board of Appeal, within three months from the date of publication in the Official Gazette.

LEGAL BASIS

  • There is no specific legislation although some regulations on the organization and management of country code top-level domain names do exist.

FILING

  • ccTLD: .lv
  • Applicant: individuals and legal entities.
  • Local presence: not required.

REMARKS

Duration – renewals: one to five years, renewable.
Uniform dispute resolution procedure: none.

General Information

Area: 64,589 sq. km.
Population: 1,989,500 (estimated 2014).
Capital: Riga.
Language: Latvian (official) and Russian (still used).
Currency: Euro.

General Remarks

The Republic of Latvia was founded in 1918. It has been continuously recognized as a state by other countries since 1920 despite occupations by the Soviet Union (1940-1941, 1945-1991) and Germany (1941-1945). On August 21, 1991, Latvia re-established its independence.
Latvia joined NATO in 2004 and is a member of the European Union since May 1, 2004.

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