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Entrepreneurs will increase their knowledge about trademark and domain registration

Entrepreneurs from Vilnius, Klaipėda, Panevėžys and Šiauliai will increase their knowledge about trademark and domain registration, learn more about intellectual property protection, prevention of legal disputes over domain names and trademarks, and European Union (EU) support for small and medium-sized enterprises creating intellectual property. The seminar will be held for the business community in Šiauliai on 27 April 2023, for entrepreneurs in Panevėžys on 4 May 2023, in Vilnius on 10 May 2023, and for business representatives in Klaipėda on 30 May 2023.

The specialists of the Internet Services Centre DOMREG at Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) will give an overview of the aspects to consider when registering a domain name for an email, website or e-shop, the benefit of unified addressing of business digital resources, the reasons why the .lt domain names with the unique Lithuanian letters should be used and the disputes that can arise regarding .lt domain names. Representatives of the State Patent Bureau will present the main aspects of trademark registration and protection, the current practice in disputes between a domain name and a trademark, the financial support opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises wishing to protect their intellectual property, and the information project about intellectual property - intelektinė.lt.

Trademark and domain registration

According to Tomas Mackus, Head of the KTU Internet Service Centre DOMREG, businesses actively use the .lt domain for websites, e-shops, email and other systems. Businesses and individuals in Vilnius County use almost 100 thousand, in Klaipėda County - 17 thousand, in Šiauliai County - 8.5 thousand, and in Panevėžys County - 5 thousand second-level .lt domains. In total, there are more than 195 000 second-level .lt domains registered in Lithuania.

“It is important for us that businesses avoid mistakes when registering and using .lt domains, and have high-quality websites and e-shops allowing the efficient achievement of their business goals. We pay special attention to the education of small and medium-sized businesses, start-ups and high-tech companies,” – emphasises T. Mackus.

Irina Urbonė, Director of the State Patent Bureau, assures that the registration of trademarks and other intellectual property is one of the most important areas for investment for businesses.

“The previously popular approach that intellectual property protection is only relevant for authors of works or large companies is gradually changing and micro-enterprises and individuals are starting to protect their trademarks and innovative products or services. This allows them to concentrate on their business and its development without having to worry about possible IP theft or counterfeiting. It also demonstrates the maturity of the company and understanding of the importance of protecting more than just what is physically tangible.

According to an EU survey of small and medium-sized enterprises, around 15% of businesses that own registered intellectual property rights have experienced violations of these rights, where attempts have been made to steal or counterfeit or otherwise misuse their inventions, trademarks or products. This percentage is higher - 19.4% - among innovative companies and companies introducing innovations. No such surveys have been carried out in Lithuania, but the results would probably be similar, as theft of intellectual property is a crime without borders,” – says I. Urbonė.

The seminar is organised by KTU Internet Service Centre DOMREG and the State Patent Bureau. The partners of the event are the Sunrise Valley Science and Technology Park, Klaipėda Science and Technology Park, Panevėžys Science and Technology Park, Šiauliai Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Panevėžys Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Science and Digital Innovation Centre at the Sunrise Valley, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Klaipėda University, and Panevėžys Faculty of Technology and Business at KTU.

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Published 2023-04-25