At the beginning of March, in Warsaw, the capital of Poland, a regional meeting of the heads of the intellectual property (IP) offices of the Baltic States and Poland was held, joined by the management of the Ukrainian National Office for Intellectual Property and Innovation, representatives of the European Union Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office. Latvia was represented by Agris Batalauskis, Director of the Patent Office.
The central theme of the two-day meeting was support to Ukrainian colleagues, providing practical and informative assistance for a successful integration of Ukraine into the European IP system. The parties agreed on further steps to enhance cooperation and exchange of experience in education, communication, administrative, legal and procedural issues. The role of IP offices in complying with the sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) on the aggressor state Russia was discussed. The possibilities for the countries to help Ukrain approximate its legislation to the EU legislation were also Identified.
At the end of the meeting, the participants signed a letter of intent on the commitment of the IP offices of the Baltic States and Poland to promote the integration of the Ukrainian IP field into the common European system.