IMPORTANT: Additional suspension of time limits related to the payment of fees and performing of actions

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2021 03 26

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Provisions of the Law on Fees, Patent Law, Design Law and Trademark Law (hereinafter – the Laws) provide that after announcement of the state of emergency or quarantine in the whole territory of the Republic of Lithuania and therefore imposing restrictions related to free movement of persons or freedom of economic activities, time limits for payment of fees and performing of actions, provided by said Laws, are suspended.

On March 27th, 2021, amendments of the resulotion No. 1226 "Regarding the Announcement of Quarantine in the Territory of the Republic of Lithuania" announced by the Government of the Republic of Lithuania on November 4th, 2020, have entered into force, declaring that the quarantine has been prolonged and additional restrictions related to free movement of people have been implemented. Therefore suspension has been renewed in respect of the following time limits:

  • Time limits that have not expired by March 27, 2021, 00:00,
  • Time limits that started from March 27, 2021, 00:00.

The previous suspension was valid from December 16, 2020 until March 15, 2021.

Tool for calculation of suspended time limits:

Established suspension of payment of the fees and time limits shall apply until withdrawal of restrictions related to free movement of persons or freedom of economic activities in the Republic of Lithuania. Date of withdrawal of suspension will be announced by a separate notification of the State Patent Bureau.

Suspension of payment of the fees and time limits means extension of these time limits for the period equal to the period of suspension. Actions, for which time limits are suspended, may be performed after renewal of these time limits within the number of days for which the time limits have been suspended.

Time limits provided by the Laws for actions performed by the State Patent Bureau shall not be suspended.

Please note that there will be no individual notifications regarding suspension and recalculation of the time limits. Obligation imposed by the Laws for the applicants, owners of industrial property objects and any other interested persons to perform actions according to the time limits provided by Laws shall remain valid (by individually evaluating provisions of the Laws regarding suspension of the time limits and calculation of the time limits applied in a particular case).

Suspension of the time limits does not prevent applicants, owners of industrial property objects or any other interested persons from performing necessary actions within the time limits set by the laws, if they are able to do so.

Regarding any issues related to the suspension of time limits please contact the State Patent Bureau by email info@vpb.gov.lt or phone +370 5 278 0290.