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Sep 15, 2015 (Newsletter Issue 14/15)
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Law on IP Institutions and Procedures Amended

Lativia passed a new Law on Industrial Property Institutions and Procedures on July 2, 2015.

Unified procedures for all industrial property objects have been introduced and a quicker and more effective dispute resolution process has been created. The law is expected to improve the protection of the industrial property objects. It will also pave the way to a new body – the Board of Appeals (BoA) for Industrial Property.

The most important changes concern opposition and appeal procedures before the Board of Appeals, namely:
1) Written process is stated as mandatory, but oral proceeding will be also possible on following conditions:
- Board of Appeals required
- Upon request of one of parties and
- Additional fee for oral proceeding should be paid (amount is not provided yet).
2) Motivated reply to oppositions should be filed within 2 months instead of current 3 months time period.
3) All decisions of BoA could be appealed in accordance with Civil procedure provisions before the Riga Court of Vidzeme district within 3 months (amount is not provided yet).

The Law on Industrial Property Institutions and Procedures will take effect on January 1, 2016.

For further information, please see the article of Ms Jevgenija Gainutdinova from METIDA here

Source: METIDA, Latvia