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Lithuanian design-driven innovations presented in Switzerland Innovation Fair

10 / 30 / 2014

The World Trade Organization hosted an Innovation Fair on 28 October in Switzerland, gathering innovators, inventors, supporting agencies, and patent offices. Innovation Fair aims to emphasize the importance of intellectual property rights and present the inventions to potential investors, partners and the general public.

Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA) presented two design-driven innovations, created by Lithuanian companies: eco- friendly plastic bottle (“UFO” bottle), which is a collapsible, recyclable, and a friction drive module, called “Rubbee”, for bicycles, which turns a regular bike into an electrical one.

These two projects have received a national support from Agency for the protection of intellectual property rights (registration of design). The “Rubbee” has applied for a registered Community design delivered by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM), and has deposited an application to the WIPO-managed Patent Cooperation Treaty. The UFO bottle’s inventors have applied for a EU patent and a registered Community design as well.

Since 2010 the number of European patent applications by Lithuanian applicants has risen 5 times (from 15 to 74).

On 29th October, Arūnas Karlonas, the director of MITA participated in WTO organized expert discussion together with the representatives from the US Patent Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization. A. Karlonas delivered a presentation “Promotion of Innovation and IP protection in Lithuania: success stories”.

During the stay in Switzerland A.Karlonas visited the Republic of Lithuania's Permanent Representation to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. In the meeting with Ambassador Rytis Paulauskas he discussed specific areas of cooperation in order to promote Lithuanian R&D and innovation potential abroad, foster Lithuanian participation in the European organization for Nuclear Research Programme (CERN), strengthen cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization.