National Courts Administration (NCA) and International Affairs Department of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have signed a memorandum of understanding on the WIPO Lex-Judgments project. With the memorandum, Lithuania joins other states sharing the most important national court decisions.
WIPO Lex-Judgments database provides Lithuanian courts with an opportunity to exchange information stored in it and to access decisions related to the protection of intellectual property rights, translated into one of the languages used on the WIPO Lex platform (English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish). WIPO Lex-Judgments database aims to contribute to granting free access to information and data relating to judicial systems and intellectual property decisions. This database will run on the WIPO Lex platform and will make it possible to search for relevant court decisions based on various search criteria.
After consulting with the Ministries of Finance, Culture, Justice and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Lithuania (SCL) and the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania, it was decided that in Lithuania the NCA should be a party to the memorandum as it took the initiative regarding this agreement back in December 2020.
“We are very grateful to the Attaché of the Ministry of Justice Rasa Svetikaitė, the International Law Group of this Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the State Patent Bureau for useful consultations and valuable insights in taking this important step towards legal cooperation”, states the NCA Director Natalija Kaminskienė. “Steps like these help to bring down borders, increase opportunities for mutual assistance, make judicial proceedings clear and transparent and are absolutely necessary in today’s world of ultra-rapid information exchange”.
“We are happy to celebrate Lithuania’s growing cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization and its progress in joining new initiatives and projects. As a result of this project, not only does our legal community gain access to the most significant court precedents in the world in the field of intellectual property, but the project also opens opportunities to share good practices of Lithuanian courts with other countries”, believes Rasa Svetikaitė, Attaché for Justice and Intellectual Property at the Permanent Mission of Lithuania to the United Nations Office and other international organisations in Geneva.
According to this memorandum, the NCA, in cooperation with the SCL, will annually select the most significant decisions of national courts related to the protection of intellectual property rights, ensure their official translation and publication in the WIPO Lex-Judgments database. This agreement is included in the database of international interdepartmental agreements of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
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