Legislation

The Lithuanian Law provides for protection of inventions. Utility models are not protected as a separate object in our country. In case the invention lacks technical level – the inventive step – there may be considered obtaining design rights.

 

Click on to see the national Patent Law as amended in 2001.

 

The latest amendments to the Law were made on 30 June 2005. The official translation of the latest version is not available yet, however on your request we will provide you with the details of particular provisions.  Here we are mentioning the major points of the amended law.

 

Before 2004 there existed an extension agreement between the European Patent Organization and Lithuania that allowed for extension of European patents to Lithuania. In 2004 Lithuania became a contracting state to the European Patent Convention – its 30th member. The recently amended law contains provisions for  filing a European patent application through the Lithuanian State Patent Bureau, validation of EP in this country, conversion of a European patent or application into a national patent or application, correlation between a PCT patent with Lithuania as a designated country and a European patent (EP), etc..

 

Besides, there was extended the list of non-patentable inventions. In particular, there have been added:

 

  • processes for cloning human beings;
  • processes for modifying the germ-line genetic identity of human beings;
  • use of human embryos for industrial or commercial purposes;
  • processes for modifying the genetic identity of animals which are likely to cause them suffering without any substantial medical benefit to man or animal, and also animals resulting from such processes.

 

Lithuania is a member to Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) from 1994.

 

Other international acts regulating protection of inventions include Paris Convention

for the Protection of Industrial Property, the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, TRIPS.

 

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