Text prepared by: Evgenia Gainutdinova, Latvian Patent, Trademark and Design Attorney, European Trademark and Design Attorney, Associated Partner at METIDA
On April 26, 2017 The Patent Office of the Republic of Latvia and the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in ALTUM hall held an award ceremony of the fifth annual competition „The trademark of the year“ and announced the owners of the best trademarks registered in Latvia during 2016. The competition was established on the occasion of the World Intellectual Property Day and this is a fourth year of its successful activity and 25th anniversary since establishment of Latvian Patent office. This year 468 Latvian trademarks participated in the competition.
Awards were handed out in two nominations, namely The Trademark of the year Latvia and The trademark of the year the World. Winners in said nominations are:
Nomination “The Trademark of the year 2016 – to Latvia”
The winner of the nomination “Trademark of the year 2016 – to Latvia” is trademark (M 69 682) of Latvian National Opera and Ballet, SIA:
Laureate’s diploma in this nomination was received by pharmacy manufacturer AS „Grindeks” for trademark (M 69 444) registered via National registration procedure:
and trademark (M 69 563) created and owned by graphic artist Kitija Laure:
Special reward from The Patent office in the nomination “Trademark of the year to Latvia” was granted to Riga Maternity Hospital and their new logo trademark (M 69 472) “Rīgas Dzemdību Nams”.
A special reward from Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry was conferred to the trademark (M 69748) owned by outdoor lighting control and administration system’s production company „Citintelly“.
As Latvian Designers’ Society favorite trademark was rewarded mark (M 70 524) of AS “Latvijas Maiznieks” namely packaging registered as trademark.
And one more special reward was granted by AIPPI National group to the trademark:
which is musical restaurant brand „Moonshine“ (M 69 516).
Nomination “The trademark of the year 2016 – to the World”
The winner of the nomination “The Trademark of the year 2016 – to the World” is “RĀMKALNI” WO 1311330 of SIA „Rāmkalni” , producer of natural and healthy food products.
Laureate’s diploma in this nomination was received by Latvian company SIA „GIGI Bloks” manufacturer of interlocking cardboard blocks for trademark (WO 1303609).
by one of the leading glass fiber manufacturers in Europe company „Valmiera Glass Fiber“ for the mark „Valbarr“ (EUTM 015287055).
Special reward in this nomination from Latvian Patent office was conferred to the company „Conexus Baltic Grid” and their trademark (WO 1318882).
It is important to emphasize that competition “Trademark of the year” highlights the best Latvian entrepreneurs who are aware of the economic and business benefits of using registered trademark. Registered trademark is not only the instrument to distinguish one entrepreneur from another, but also to popularize the products, protect them and business in general and to provide the opportunity to cover larger segment of the market not only within the country of origin, but also other markets.