SPB – SPB is the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania, which was established in 1991. SPB is an executive body of the Republic of Lithuania and a state budgetary institution carrying out the legal protection of industrial property (inventions, designs, trademarks, semiconductor product topographies) in Lithuania. In 2000, SPB was assigned to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, in the field of regulation.
Ministry of Economy – Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania is the main governmental body of the Republic of Lithuania that handles economic affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and implements the country’s policies in these areas.
MJRL – the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania is the main governmental body of the Republic of Lithuania responsible for the preparation of the Republic’s laws and government resolutions as well as other legislation. Along with other state and public institutions, it helps develop the proposals of legislation and resolutions of the Republic of Lithuania.
MITA – the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) is the main governmental institution, responsible for implementation of innovation policy in Lithuania. MITA provides free of charge services for clients from business, science and public sectors, interested in possibilities to develop strong cooperation relations with international partners and get financial support for research and innovation projects. The main activity is the coordination of national and international research programmes, technological development, innovation and the funding of these programmes.
LTL – The Central Library of Science and Technology (CLSC) was founded on 13 August, 1957 by the decision of National Economy Soviet of Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic. The publication collection maintenance of the Light Industry and other reorganized ministries became a base for the Library’s database. The main objective of the library was and still is to provide the national industry experts with technical and economy literature. Due to the close cooperation with the European Patent Office (EPO), the library received the databases and computer equipment for the development of the patent information centres in Lithuania. Thanks to the mutual reciprocity with the 43 patent offices worldwide, PIC patent database is being constantly updated with the latest patent documentation in formats of paper, CD-ROM and DVD-ROM.
WIPO – WIPO is the World Intellectual Property Organization established in 1967 and based in Switzerland. WIPO’s mission is to promote the protection of IP objects, such as trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, stimulating innovation and creativity. WIPO unifies 185 countries globally..
EPO – as the European Patent Organization was founded in 1977 on the basis of the European Patent Convention signed in Munich in 1973. EPO is an intergovernmental organization being monitored by the Administrative Council. The organization comprises 38 countries.
OHIM is the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market, responsible for Community trade mark (CTM) registration. Established in 1994, OHIM is an official institution that, since 1996, has been supervising Community trademark administration and management procedures and, since 2003, has been monitoring Community registered design related procedures. OHIM unifies all of the Member States of the EU and its headquarters are based in Spain.
AIPPI–is an International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property that dates back to 1897 shortly following the signature of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property in 1883. It is a politically neutral, non-profit organization, domiciled in Switzerland, which currently has over 8000 members representing more than 100 countries.
AIPPI Lithuanian group – is an autonomous, independent and non-governmental organisation, where the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania and foreigners have joined together on the basis of free will and democracy. The members are interested in the improvement as well as problems of the intellectual property protection system and are working in the areas of intellectual property and patent law. The activities of the group comprise all the territory of the Republic of Lithuania.
EPI– the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office is a professional association of European patent attorneys. EPI came into existence pursuant to the European Patent Convention (EPC). EPI is being run according to the regulations agreed on by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization. The institute, being an international, non-governmental, public law corporation, has its own by-laws and code of professional conduct. At present, the institute comprises of about 10,000 members from 38 European countries both from industry and other fields of enterprise.