Last week, the delegation from the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO) visited the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania (SPB). During the visit, trends in the field of industrial property protection in the countries, most relevant issues dealt with by the institutions and cooperation possibilities were discussed, and memorandum of understanding was signed. The purpose of the memorandum is to promote exchange of views, experience and knowledge of various matters related to protection of intellectual property.
Dr. He Zhimin, Deputy Commissioner of the SIPO, and dr. Arūnas Želvys, Director of the SPB, signed a memorandum of understanding
On the occasion of the visit, on April 6, the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists held a seminar on the recent Issues of Protection of Intellectual Property in China. The seminar addressed the importance of intellectual property to businesses, key aspects of protection of intellectual property in China, and introduced new initiatives of China in the field of protection of intellectual property.
According to the SPB, last year, Chinese applicants filed for as many as 41 national applications. This is about 7 times more than in 2015. It was China’s businesses that accounted for the largest part of national applications filed by foreign applicants.
There are 4 published applications filed by and 33 patents (of which 25 are valid and 8 have been revoked) granted to Chinese applicants as recorded in the Database of the Patents of Lithuania. In Lithuania, protection is granted to more than 2.1 thousand trademarks owned by Chinese applicants. Protection of more than 5.6 thousand international trademark registrations is extended throughout the European Union. There are no Chinese international designs covered by patent protection in Lithuania; however, there are 109 Chinese designs covered by the extended patent protection throughout the European Union.