Patent Law Treaty enters into force in the Republic of Lithuania on February 3, 2012

The Patent Law Treaty (PLT; adopted at Geneva on June 1, 2000), which was ratified by the Seimas on March 17, 2011, entered into force in the Republic of Lithuania on February 3, 2012. There are 29 contracting parties of the Patent Law Treaty now.


On the same day a new edition of Patent Law of the Republic of Lithuania (No. XI-1261,  enacted on December 23, 2010; Official Gazette 2011, No. 4-127) enters into force. The amendments and additions of the Patent Law were made in order to implement the provisions of the Patent Law Treaty. The most important amendments are as follows:


- simplification of patent application filing date requirements (the Patent Law, Art. 13, para. 2; the Patent Law Treaty, Art. 5);

- simplification of the requirements for mandatory representation (the Patent Law, Art. 14, para. 3; the Patent Law Treaty, Art. 7);

- inclusion of correction or addition of priority claim (the Patent Law, Art. 22; the Patent Law Treaty, Art. 13);

- incorporation of the priority rights’ restoration (the Patent Law, Art. 23; the Patent Law Treaty, Art. 13);

- inclusion of continued processing of patent application (the Patent Law, Art. 32; the Patent Law Treaty, Art. 11);

- reinstatement of an applicant’s or patent owner’s application rights or patent-related rights (the Patent Law, Art. 33; the Patent Law Treaty, Art. 12).

The amendments of Law on Fees for the Registration of Industrial Property Objects (No. XI-1262; Official Gazzete 2011, No. 4-128) enter into force on February 3, 2012, as well. The following new fees are included in the Appendix 1: correction or addition of priority claim, restoration of priority right (according the Patent Law, Art. 23, para. 1,2), continued processing of patent application, reinstatement of rights.

The Patent Law and the Law on Fees for the Registration of Industrial Property Objects are available (in Lithuanian):

http://www3.lrs.lt/pls/inter3/dokpaieska.showdoc_l?p_id=390018
http://www3.lrs.lt/pls/inter3/dokpaieska.showdoc_l?p_id=390765

The Patent Law Treaty in Lithuanian and English languages is ​​available:

http://www3.lrs.lt/pls/inter3/dokpaieska.showdoc_l?p_id=375290
http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ip/plt/trtdocs_wo038.html

Contracting Parties of the Patent Law Treaty:

http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/ShowResults.jsp?lang=en&treaty_id=4

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