WTR 1000 2022

WTR 1000 - the World's Leading Trademark Professionals - a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe. The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

Latvia

The hot topic among the Latvian IP community remains the new Trademark Law, which came into force on 6 March 2020 and transposes the EU Trademark Directive into national law. Local practitioners have welcomed the changes, which include new regulations on indications of geographical origin that further harmonise the local...

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The hot topic among the Latvian IP community remains the new Trademark Law, which came into force on 6 March 2020 and transposes the EU Trademark Directive into national law. Local practitioners have welcomed the changes, which include new regulations on indications of geographical origin that further harmonise the local regime with international standards. The Latvian Patent Office has also been taking active steps to create a favourable environment for rights holders, including enhancing its e-filing portal and back-office systems to accommodate the new types of trademarks now available and launching a fast-track function for trademark applications. On the enforcement front, counterfeiting activity has been on the rise, with cosmetics and hygiene products particularly targeted. The Latvian Patent Office is hosting training sessions and awareness campaigns to educate both officials and brand owners on this growing threat; and local practitioners are still as determined as ever to prevail in the ongoing fight against fakes.

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