The 13th AIPPI Baltic Conference
on Intellectual Property
"The World in the Baltics - the Baltics in the World"

9-10 JUNE, 2022

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"The World in the Baltics - the Baltics in the World"

Working with IP rights as engine of innovation and development of society’s economy and science, Baltic conference organizers believe in the necessity of dialogue, democracy, and mutual peaceful cooperation as fundament to the benefit of all people and invite every IP professional to join us in the conference as the sign of solidarity.

The conference will focus on new world tendencies in the protection of IP and how these impact the Baltic states. We will have prominent public and private sector speakers who will concentrate on the unitary patent, differences in patenting in the EU and the USA, EU design reform, sustainable package design, new tendencies in green trademarks as well as registration of the trademark in a different language and cultural societies. The conference day time will close with the discussion of the representatives of the Baltic companies on the challenges they face in the protection of their intellectual property worldwide.

Baltic IP conference was always a great place to meet old good friends and colleagues – the organizers are promising a friendly atmosphere and good food in Welcome reception as well as Gala Dinner!

For more details please check Event program.

We express our full support to Ukraine and Ukraine IP professionals and invite them to participate in the conference free of charge online or in person, if possible.

 We are strong if together. We are strong if in peace. 


  • Event date

    2022 / 06 / 09 - 2022 / 06 / 10

    Event time


  • Event place

    Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius, Universiteto gatvė, Vilnius, Lietuva


Registration fee

470 €
  • Atidarymo vakarienė / Welcome dinner
  • Konferencija / Conference
  • Gala vakarienė / Gala dinner

Online participant fee

90 €
  • Tiesioginė transliacija / Online broadcasting


June 9, 2022 / Thursday

19.00 - Welcome Reception

Venue: Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius
Universiteto str. 14, Vilnius

Dress code: smart casual


June 10, 2022 / Friday

Venue:    Grand Hotel Kempinski Vilnius

                Universiteto str. 14, Vilnius, Lithuania


8:00 – 9:00 Registration

9:00-9:25 Opening

Vilija Viesunaite (Patent Attorneys‘ Institute of Lithuania)
Jurga Greiciene (Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Lithuania)
Ricardas Valanciauskas (Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania)
Lukas Valentukevicius (The State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania)
Kateryna Sopova (NAPA, Ukraine)



Moderated by Vita Kiriliauskaite. The State Patent Bureau of Lithuania

9:30- 10:00 – Unitary patent (Francis Leyder, EPI President ) 

10:00- 10:30 – Strategies of patenting in Europe and the USA (Dr. Martin Dropmann, Grünecker Patent- und Rechtsanwälte) 

10:30 – 11:00 - Patenting of computer-implemented inventions ( Axel Stellbrink, Stellbrink & Partner) 


11:00- 11:40 Coffee break  



Moderated by AIPPI Latvia representative Agris Bitans (Eversheds Sutherland Bitans law office) 

11:45 – 12:15 – Design reform in the EU (Asta Lukošiūtė, EUIPO Head of General Legal Affairs Service) 

12:15 – 12:45 – Transformation to sustainable packaging (Giedrius Mikalajūnas, Director Packaging, Antalis)

12:45 - 12:55 - Registration of copyright in Ukraine (Ilona Benatova, Dr. Emil Benatov & Partners) 


12:45-14:15  Lunch



Moderated by AIPPI Estonia representative Urmas Kauler (Patendiburoo TURVAJA OU)

14:20 -14:50  Green trademarks and new tendencies (Massimo Maggiore, amlex, INTA Emerging Issues Committee) 

14:50 - 15:20  International trademarks on local market: how to adapt (Desirée Russo, PUMA Group)  

15:20 – 15.50 Trademarks in internet and social media (Ruta Olmane, Metida, former ECTA President) 


15:50 – 16:30  Coffee break 


16:30 – 17:30 Discussion „Challenges of Baltic companies in the world“ presented by: Artis Kromanis (Riga technical university), Urtė Karklienė (Tesonet), Greta Žekienė (Kaunas Technology University), Juozas Nainys (Droplet Genomics), Donatas Malinauskas (Deeper). Discussion moderated by Eglė Radzevičienė (Thermofisher)


19:00 Gala Dinner 

Venue: Arkangelo conference and art center
Maironio str. 11, Vilnius

Dress code: smart casual

June 11, 2022 / Saturday

10:00 Vilnius City tour with tasting (English)

11:00 Tour to Trakai with castle visit (English)


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    Francis Leyder

    Mr. Francis Leyder is European & Belgian Patent Attorney, President of epi (Institute of Prof Representatives before the EPO). Analytical chemist by training, he obtained his PhD before joining Labofina, Research Centre of the Petrofina Group, in a position combining documentation and patent work. He qualified as European Patent Attorney in 1988 . After the merger into the Total Group and subsequent reorganisations, he became head of the Patents Department of Total Research & Technology Feluy, until end 2015. He joined the European Patent Practice Committee of epi in 2005 and chaired it from 2008 to 2017; he has been elected to the presidency of epi in 2017. In this context, he closely followed the developments concerning the Unitary Patent, and represents epi as observer at meetings of the Select Committee in charge of the implementation at the EPO. He has frequently lectured on the Unitary Patent, in particular at the 12th Baltic AIPPI Conference in 2017. He sits on the Board of the Belgian AIPPI.

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    Dr. Martin Dropmann

    Dr. Martin Dropmann is German & European Patent Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney and works at Grünecker as a partner of the firm. Dr. Martin Dropmann’s field of experience is patent prosecution and litigation in the fields of material sciences and mechanical engineering; trademark application and prosecution; prosecution of design rights.

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    Axel Stellbrink

    Axel Stellbrink has been working as a German and European patent attorney for 30 years. He amassed experience for over 20 years in one of the leading European patent law firms of Germany as one of the managing partners where he founded the litigation department. He founded the company Quant IP - directed to innovation intelligence and investments where he is still active. After that he founded Stellbrink & Partner patent attorneys representing many international startups and large companies in prosecution and litigation.

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    Asta Lukosiute

    Mrs. Asta Lukosiute is a Head of General Legal Affairs Service at EUIPO. She graduated Vilnius University Faculty of Law in 2000 and obtained LLM in European and International Law in Riga Graduate School of Law in 2001. Since 1998 worked as a lawyer in Metida. In 2004 joined the Legal Service of the European Parliament and in 2010 moved to Alicante to EUIPO. There first started in Operations Department taking opposition and cancellation decisions and since 2014 as litigator and legal expert in the Legal Department. In 2020 became Head of Service.

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    Ruta Olmane

    Mrs. Ruta Olmane is European and Latvian Trademark and Design Attorney, associated partner of METIDA. She has been working in the field of intellectual property for more than 20 years. Ruta Olmane advises Latvian and foreign clients on protection and defense of intellectual property objects. Her main activities include filing trademark applications, handling oppositions and appeals at the Latvian Patent Office and EUIPO, licensing, IPR infringement cases, seizure of counterfeit goods by customs or the police, litigation in courts of all instances. Ruta Olmane was elected as President of ECTA for 2016-2018.

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    Dr. Egle Radzeviciene

    Dr. Egle Radzeviciene serves as Director, Intellectual Property, at Thermo Fisher Scientific Baltics, where her responsibilities cover counselling, planning and organization of nucleic acids therapeutics business intellectual property assets as well as management of internal IP analysts team. Egle Radzeviciene holds PhD. in molecular genetics/biotechnology from Moscow Lomonosov University and MBA from Vilnius University International School of Business (business & law). For more than 12 years Egle held various leadership roles with increasing responsibility in IP management, first at Fermentas business and, after Fermentas acquisition, in Thermo Fisher Scientific, Biosciences Division. Also, Egle is enrolled into EPO CSP program with the goal to qualify as European patent attorney.

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    Massimo Maggiore

    Massimo Maggiore is a lawyer admitted to the Milan Bar since January 2002. He is co-founding partner of emlex where he heads the intellectual property/information technology and competition department. Massimo is a member of INTA Emerging Issues Committee—Climate Change and Trademarks Subcommittee, is academic fellow of Milan’s Bocconi University as contract professor of Legal Issues in marketing, lecturing on trademark law, merchandising contracts, and the responsibility of internet service providers for the infringement of IP rights. Massimo also occasionally lectures at the University’s LL.M in law of internet technology and on cyber security law. He serves as contract professor at the Milano Fashion Institute’s master on fashion law, is the author of several publications and a frequent speaker at conferences on intellectual property.

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    Desirée Russo

    Ms. Desirée Russo is Junior Trademark Manager of Legal Affairs for Europe and Africa at the PUMA Group. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Law for Enterprises and Institutions (University of Turin) and a Master Degree in European Legal Studies (University of Turin). After her studies, she worked for two IP Firms in Italy. In 2020 Desirée Russo joined the prestigious “Magister Lvcentinvs” Programme at the University of Alicante, thanks to which she qualified as “Trademark, Design and Copyright Specialist”. After a one-year traineeship at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) working as Legal Intern for the First Board of Appeal, Desirée has joined the PUMA Group.

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    Urtė Karklienė

    Urtė Karklienė, currently sustainability manager, previously legal counsel at Oxylabs (Tesonet). Urtė was the Head of IP Law Department who led patent litigation cases and developed the company's IP (in particular) patent management strategy. She holds a Master's of Intellectual Property Law Degree from Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania) and has more than 10 years legal experience in public and private sectors.

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    Juozas Nainys

    Juozas Nainys is co-founder and CEO of Droplet Genomics, a startup that is breaking new ground in high-throughput molecular biology analysis technologies. In his current role, he focuses on ensuring the rapid and sustainable growth of the company. Before being appointed CEO Juozas served as a CSO for 2 years and oversaw the development of novel droplet microfluidic technologies. Juozas has a PhD in biochemistry, is a co-author of over 10 peer-reviewed articles in top scientific journals and is a co-inventor of 6 patents.

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    Giedrius Mikalajūnas

    Mr. Giedrius Mikalajūnas is a Director of Antalis Packaging in Lithuania. Antalis Packaging is the European leader in providing smart packaging and services to any specific customer need thanks to a high expertise in all industrial, logistical, e-business and operational processes

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    Greta Žėkienė

    Greta Žėkiene - Head of Intellectual Property Management at National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre at Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania since 2015. She is responsible for the management of KTU intellectual property as well as on technology transfer, holds all responsibilities of all PATLIB center activities , active consults members of academic and business society on intellectual property protection and management issues, participates in national and international IP working groups and events (EPO Projects, PATLIB network, ECIU IP working group, WIPO projects, ASTP-Proton, EIRMA etc.), holds WIPO certificate for the capacity building program in the framework of Baltic States pilot project on the development of a regional poll of IP commercialization experts (2018).

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    Urmas Kauler

    Mr. Urmas Kauler is Estonian & European Patent Attorney and Estonian & European Trademark and Design Attorney, Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Chamber of Estonian Patent Attorneys, President of the Estonian National Group of AIPPI. Mr. Urmas Kauler has worked for the patent agency Patendibüroo TURVAJA OÜ for more than 26 years and he is a Member of the Board of this company. Mr. Urmas Kauler has extensive experience in all aspects of patents, trademarks and industrial designs activities from filing to litigation.

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    Dr. Vita Kiriliauskaite

    Dr. Vita Kiriliauskaite is the Head of Inventions Division at the State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania. She holds PhD in Biochemistry (Vilnius University). After her studies, she worked as a patent examiner for a few years. As the Head of Inventions Division she is responsible for representing the Bureau in various international and regional conferences, committees and working groups, coordinating projects, providing daily consultations to colleagues and potential applicants, proposing amendments to related national legislation.

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    Agris Bitans

    Agris is a widely recognized and acclaimed litigator in Latvia and a lecturer in Civil Law with the Faculty of Law of the University of Latvia. He has co-authored commentaries on the Latvian Civil Law, the Latvian Constitution, and authored highly esteemed treatise “Civil Liability and Its Forms”. His main focus on is civil and commercial litigation, civil liability including liability for non-pecuniary loss, IP rights, contract disputes, criminal litigation, mainly in relation to white-collar crime and fraud. Agris’s practice areas also include e-commerce, patent rights, mass media, advertising and PPP projects.

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    Ilona Benatova

    Ilona Benatova is a professional in Intellectual Property, representative of the Patent Bureau "Dr. Emil Benatov & Partners" in Kyiv since joining the field in 2010. In 2012 she graduated from the Intellectual Property and Law Institute of the National University “Odessa Academy of Law” in Kyiv, Ukraine. The main field of experience and interest is trademarks. Working languages are Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, Ukrainian, English, Bulgarian (basic). Broad language skills help to translate PCT applications for filling.