European Cooperation: Latvia completes the digitisation of its trade mark and design dossiers - news

    European Cooperation: Latvia completes the digitisation of its trade mark and design dossiers

    On 8 September 2021, the Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia (LRPV) successfully completed the digitisation of its paper dossiers relating to trade marks and designs under the ECP5 project: Capture and Store Historical Files (CSHF).

    The CSHF subproject, carried out within the framework of European Cooperation Projects, aims at digitising paper dossiers across EU national Intellectual Property Offices to enable easy and rapid access to documentation and data related to trade mark and design dossiers.

    The digitisation process began in September 2020 with collaboration of different teams from the EUIPO and LRPV. Despite challenges in recent months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dedication and cooperation of LRPV, the EUIPO and the service providers allowed the project to continue and more than 97 165 trade mark and design dossiers have now been digitised.

    Nine offices have completed this subproject, with another two in progress, Finland and Slovakia. The total number of digitised dossiers now stands at 1 026 022, while the target of 1 million dossiers scanned was reached in July this year.

    The ultimate goal of the CSHF project is to support the participating offices in creating a paperless working environment and to help users interact digitally with all EU national Intellectual Property Offices.