Latvia sees increase in patent applications

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Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Latvia has had a very successful year in terms of patent applications, said Sandris Laganovskis, director of the Patent Office, in an interview to Latvian Radio November 10.

Laganovskis said there have been  24% more patent applications this year than in 2019.

About 25% of applications are filed by companies, just as many are received by individual applicants, but half of all patent applications are filed by universities and institutes. Laganovskis links it to more available funding for science.

“To a large extent, we explain this through the fact that in Latvia approximately half of all patents, the inventions are submitted directly by universities and institutes. This is also linked to available funding for education and science from European projects,” Laganovskis said.

He said that the Patent Office is interested in larger volumes of applications for scientific patents as it is important for industry and manufacturing.

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