21 March 2017
EPO President Benoît Battistelli has signed bilateral co-operation plans with the heads of the patent offices of Latvia and Lithuania. Both agreements renew existing partnerships with the offices and provide a new framework for cooperation in areas such as IT projects and training.
"With these new bilateral cooperation plans in place the EPO can continue to help national offices to increase their patent capabilities and to further enhance the European Patent Network," said EPO President Battistelli.
Sandris Laganovskis, Director of the Latvian Patent Office, said: "The Latvian Patent Office highly values the bilateral cooperation activities with the EPO and is looking forward to the implementation of the new three-year plan. We are particularly interested in automation projects, and wish to strengthen IT tools and services for the benefit of our users."
The Director of the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania, Arūnas Želvys said: "This new plan is formalised at the right time: the Lithuanian Patent Bureau is investing in reinforcing the network of patent services, and co-operation projects are dedicated to increasing the competences of professionals in patent libraries."
The EPO co-operates closely with the patent offices of its 38 member states. Joint activities currently focus on three main areas: training, IT services and tools, and patent information tools and services.