FICPI is an organization working for interests of Patent and Trademark professionals world-wide. FICPI was established in 1906. Being unique, FICPI involves highly trained and motivated experts, practicing privately in the field of Intellectual property. FICPI numbers 3800 members from 86 countries.

ECTA is the European Communities Trade Mark Association formed in 1980. ECTA brings together IP law practitioners from European Community Member States. ECTA members may be trademark attorneys and lawyers practising either privately or in a corporate field. ECTA numbers 1400 members from 85 countries.

INTA is the International Trademark Association numbering more than 5000 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries. Founded in 1878 by 17 merchants and manufacturers who saw a need for organization ‘to protect and promote the rights of trademark owners’. After 135 years, INTA continues its mission to represent the trademark community, shape public policy and advance professional knowledge and development.

AIPPI is an International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property that dates back to 1897 shortly following the signature of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property in 1883. It is a politically neutral, non-profit organization, domiciled in Switzerland which currently has over 8000 members representing more than 100 countries.

EPI – the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office is a professional association of European patent attorneys. EPI came into existence pursuant to the European Patent Convention (EPC). EPI is being run according to the regulations agreed on by the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organization. The institute, being an international, non-governmental, public law corporation, has its own by-laws and code of professional conduct. At present, the institute comprises of about 10,000 members from 38 European countries both from industry and other fields of enterprise.

WIPO is the World Intellectual Property Organization established in 1967 and based in Switzerland. WIPO’s mission is to promote the protection of IP objects, such as trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, stimulating innovation and creativity. WIPO unifies 185 countries globally.

EUIPO is European Union Intellectual Property Office in the Internal Market, responsible for European Union trade mark registration. Established in 1994, EUIPO is an official institution that, since 1996, has been supervising European Union trademark administration and management procedures and, since 2003, has been monitoring Community registered design related procedures. EUIPO unifies all of the Member States of the EU and its headquarters are based in Spain.

EPO as the European Patent Organization was founded in 1977 on the basis of the European Patent Convention signed in Munich in 1973. EPO is an intergovernmental organization being monitored by the Administrative Council. The organization comprises 38 countries.

ICANN as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers was established in 1998. ICCAN adopted most of the internet related tasks formerly directly managed by the US government, which also controlled other originations such as IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.) ICCAN is a private, non-profit organization, with headquarters in the USA.

SPB as the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania was established in 1991. SPB is an executive body of the Republic of Lithuania and a state budgetary institution carrying out the legal protection of industrial property (inventions, designs, trademarks, semiconductor product topographies) in Lithuania. In 2000, SPB was assigned to the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania, in the field of regulation.

PORL – the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia – works independently supervised by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Latvia. The office implants governmental policy in the field of industrial property following the Latvian Republic regulations.

PBRB – the Patent Bureau of the Republic of Belarus, known as the National Center of Intellectual Property – was founded in 2004. The National Center is controlled by the Science and Technology Governmental Committee of the Republic of Belarus and is directly responsible for the protection of IP objects. The centre also implements other patent related functions for the Republic of Belarus.

EPA – the Estonian Patent Office – is a governmental institution which implements legalization of industrial property objects and other functions under the laws of Estonian Republic under. The office, established in 1919 and re-established in 1991, reports to the Ministry of Justice.

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