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NO COUNTRY FOR PRIVACY: A REVIEW OF PRIVACY REGULATION AND PRACTICE IN LITHUANIA

Over a year ago I did survey the state of privacy in Lithuania in 2013-2014. The situation was already upsetting then, but in 2015, and especially during the first six months of 2016, it has become even direr. The degradation of privacy has been most noticeable in the media, which feels entitled to freely portray personal images and highlight …

Privacy in Lithuania: what’s new in 2013-2014?

Lithuania has been a member of the European Union since 1May 2004, and diligently follows the EU guidance on regulating personal data protection. Data protection has been comprehensively regulated in Lithuania since 1996 by the special Law on Legal Protection of Personal Data (the current legislation in force is Law of 23 February 2008 (effective from 1 January …

Technology transfer as an operating principle of a modern university

Few weeks ago I attended a talk of the Israeli professor, discussing the entrepreneurial university and technology transfer. The professor explained the basic principles of remunerating the faculty competitively, facilitating the faculty innovation and industry demand driven research, which are employed by his university, which is an example of university-industry tandem. Indeed, industry demand driven …

H2020 SME innovation support: „first great success“?

In recognition of the inadequate funding for SME innovations, the EU has created a special financial instrument targeted specifically at SMEs. The first cut-off date passed on 18 June 2014, and 2 666 grant applications have been submitted. To put this number into the perspective – the general expected success rate for applications in this …

Ideological divide in intellectual property regulation in the way of sustainable creativity and innovation

Dysfunctional nature of the ideological divides has been vividly illustrated by the recent government crisis in the US. Similar crises have been quietly unfolding the intellectual property law for more than a decade. Radicalization and ideological entrenchment are preventing progress in intellectual property law and in general knowledge economy. Particularly it has been an obstacle …

Patenting in Life Sciences

Common understanding among startup entrepreneurs, policy makers and even inexperienced investors in life sciences and bio pharma business is that the patents shall be filed for as soon as possible. While not entirely untrue, several major reservations about this need to be understood. First and foremost, patents are extremely expensive and limited in time. Patenting …

Lecturing on the European IP to one the biggest law firms in China

Lecturing on the European IP to one the biggest law firms in China 2013年6月4日14点至16点,拥有长期专利实务经验的欧盟知识产权专家Mindaugas Kiškis博士接受盈科上海律师事务所高级合伙人潘晓宁律师的邀请做主题为“欧盟专利法律制度及业务实践”的讲座。在两个小时的讲座中,Mindaugas Kiškis博士为我们介绍了欧洲知识产权体系、欧洲专利体系、欧盟专利、中国企业如何在欧洲获得专利权保护以及欧洲专利审查和执行的可行性建议,并解答了多位律师提出的问题。 本次讲座使我所律师受益匪浅,为我所开展国际知识产权业务的律师提供了交流机会,深受各位律师好评,促进了我所国际化战略的推进。

Why obsession with exports is bad for aspiring innovative economy

At the beginning of March, Lithuania has launched a new round of the structural fund grants to the innovative companies – Intelektas and Intelektas+. On the surface it looks good public policy and proper use of public resources. This is what I thought until, I have been extensively involved with innovative business and prior to …

Intellectual Property Rights in the Universities

My article on Intellectual Property Rights in the Universities, based on research I’ve done in Canada in 2011, was just published. This topic is direly relevant for Lithuania. Lithuania has very limited public resources for research, therefore it faces the double challenge of creating an attractive and competitive innovation/creativity environment within the universities and compensating …

Sad day for Lithuanian libraries

On December 21, 2011 the Lithuanian Parliament adopted the important amendments to the Lithuanian Copyright Law revising the exceptions for libraries and the disabled persons. Digitization of works by the libraries and access to digital copies are comprehensively restricted in the new law. Digitizing and using the digital copies of the works is allowed in …