Membership

Professional associations:

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INTERNATIONAL VAT ASSOCIATION (IVA), is the world’s leading independent body on international VAT issues, representing the interests of businesses and advisers involved in VAT or equivalent turnover taxes around the globe. Globally, the Association covers all major international markets. (www.vatassociation.org).

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LITHUANIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, is a public legal entity and may be legally characterized as an association. Association includes the Lithuanian advocates and their assistants, bailiffs, notaries, judges, prosecutors, statutory police officers, investigators (www.advokatura.lt).

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ESTONIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, is a self-governing professional association acting on local government administration principles. The Bar Association (advocates) member list includes attorneys-at-law, senior assistants of attorney-at-law and assistants of attorney-at-law. Estonian Bar Association has a total of 965 members (www.advokatuur.ee).

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MULTILAW, worldwide association of independent law firms with over 6000 lawyers in 150 commercial centers around the world (www.multilaw.com).

EUROJURIS, European association of independent law firms with over 630 different cities/locations covered in more than 40 countries (www.eurojuris.net).

UNITED TAX NETWORK, represents the website of a global network consisting of independent tax advisory firms all over the world (www.unitedtaxnetwork.com).

AMERICAN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW ASSOCIATION (AIPLA), a national bar association constituted primarily of lawyers in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in the academic community, with more than 17,000 members (www.aipla.org).

DEFENSE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (DRI), the largest international membership organization of attorneys defending the interests of business and individuals in civil litigation (www.dri.org). Valters Gencs is the chairman of Latvian chapter and invites to join institute.

INTERNATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION (IBA), the world’s leading organisation of international legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies. It has a membership of more than 40,000 individual lawyers and 197 bar associations and law societies spanning all continents (www.ibanet.org).

INTERNATIONAL TRADE MARK ASSOCIATION (INTA), a not-for-profit membership association of 5,900 trademark owners, professionals and academics, from more than 190 countries (www.inta.org).

EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION (ECTA), numbers approximately 1.500 members practicing in the field of trade marks, designs and related IP matters, coming from the Member States of the European Union with associate members from all over the world (www.ecta.org).

CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF PATENT ATTORNEYS (CIPA), the professional and examining body for patent attorneys. It represents virtually all the 1,800+ registered patent attorneys in the UK, total membership is over 3,300 (www.cipa.org.uk).

INTERNATIONAL TAX PLANNING ASSOCIATION (ITPA), a multi-disciplined association of over 1000 bankers, trust officers, finance directors, accountants, lawyers and others with a practical interest in the tax aspects of cross-frontier transactions (www.itpa.org).

GERMAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (GRUR), approximately 5,000 members in Germany and abroad, the largest and oldest association in Germany that is devoted to the protection of intellectual property (www.grur.de).

INSTITUTE OF TRADE MARK ATTORNEYS (ITMA), the professional body representing those qualified to act for the owners of trade mark and other intellectual property rights, nationally and internationally. It now represents the vast majority of UK registered trade mark attorneys and all UK trade mark and design litigators (www.itma.org.uk).

LICENSING EXECUTIVES SOCIETY (LES), a professional society with nearly 5,000 members engaged in the development, use, transfer, marketing, and management of intellectual property (www.lesusacanada.org).

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ATTORNEYS (FICPI), an organisation working for the interests of Patent and Trademark professionals world-wide. Only association whose membership consists solely of intellectual property professionals in private practice (www.ficpi.org).

MARQUES, every single member is encouraged to make a contribution to the development of MARQUES as a global resource center by agreeing to share professional strengths with fellow members. (www.marques.org).

INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (AIPPI), a politically neutral, non-profit organization, domiciled in Switzerland which currently has almost 9000 Members representing more than 100 countries. The world's leading International Organization dedicated to the development and improvement of intellectual property (www.aippi.org).

EUROPEAN PATENT INSTITUTE (EPI), the Institute being an international non-governmental public law corporation has its own by-laws and code of professional conduct. At present, the Institute which represents the first all-European patent profession comprises about 9700 members from 36 European countries, both from industry and free profession. (www.patentepi.com).

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