Region: Latvia

“A logical step” – Gleissner trademarks set to be auctioned in Latvia

In an unprecedented move, a Latvian court has ordered that trademarks owned by Grigorius Holdings SIA, an entity related to millionaire Michael Gleissner, be under prohibition – with an auction planned.

08 December 2020

Innovation at the Latvian Patent Office: spotlight on non-core tools and services

In a new regular series, national IP offices share the innovative tools and services they have launched or are developing for the future. This week, we focus on innovation at the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia (LRPV).

17 August 2020

INTA postpones 2020 New York Conference; Gleissner defeated again; Redskins retired – news digest

In our latest round-up,  we look at the impact of the coronavirus on global trademark filing activity, an anti-Semitism letter sparking an IP row, INTA rolling out its Women’s LeadershIP initiative, and much more.

10 March 2020

How Michael Gleissner transformed the trademark environment in Latvia

WTR reveals exclusive data on the controversial portfolio-building exercise of multi-millionaire entrepreneur Michael Gleissner in Latvia and speaks with local counsel on how this activity is causing hardship for a number of businesses forced into costly legal battles.

28 January 2020

The Gleissner Files 2019: brand owners warned as IP office reveals staggering number of trademark applications

A major investigation by WTR can reveal that entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has stepped up his IP activity in recent months, with over 100 applications filed so far this year.

29 January 2019

A small step and a giant leap for the Latvian Patent Office

Over the past year, creating a new legislative reality and increasing quality have been core focuses for the Latvian Patent Office.

14 December 2018

US Customs head confirmed, Latvia trims WHOIS data and trademark offers Cambridge Analytica clues: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how a trademark scammer has rebranded, how a trademark may offer clues on the company that has hit headlines across the world, Cambridge Analytica, and much more.

20 March 2018

Litigation procedures and strategies: Latvia

Featured in Trademark Litigation 2017: A Global Guide

n Latvia, the legal framework for trademarks consists of international agreements, EU directives and regulations, and domestic laws and ordinances. Latvia is a party to all major international IP agreements, including the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.

13 December 2016

New act set to bring significant changes to IP proceedings

The new Industrial Property Institutions and Procedures Act will enter into force on January 1 2016, bringing some significant changes to IP procedures in the country. Among other things, the timeframe to reply to an opposition has been reduced from three to two months; moreover, appeal proceedings will no longer be dealt with within an administrative procedure, but will be subject to separate <I>de novo</I> civil court proceedings.

04 November 2015

McDonald's invalidates registration of figurative MCAFE mark

The Board of Appeals of the Patent Office has held that the figurative mark MCAFE was invalid for “flour and preparations made from cereals, bread, pastry and confectionery; chocolate and chocolate products” in Class 30, “retail services of food products” in Class 35 and restaurant services in Class 43, finding that there was a likelihood of confusion with McDonald’s MCCAFE marks. However, the MCAFE mark is still valid for “retail services of alcoholic beverages and tobacco” in Class 35.

26 September 2014

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