Regional conference “Intellectual property and Sports“

Muhammad Ali, one of the most famous boxers of all time said: “Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them-a desire, a dream, a vision.“ And at least one of these three guided millions of people playing sports daily: from each of us running out to the parks in spring, till professional athletes, gathering this summer to Rio Olympic Games 2016.

Only if you ever thought that playing sports or watching sports events you may be faced with the intellectual property rights infringements and unsafe counterfeit sportswear?

The sale of fake sports equipment, like footballs, sports helmets, tennis rackets, skis, gym equipment and skateboards,(except sportswear) costs legitimate EU manufacturers €500 million every year.

It corresponds to 6.5% of all sales in this sector across the EU.

Lithuania experience €1 million loss in the sports good manufacturing sector every year.

Approximately 2,800 jobs are lost in this sector throughout the EU.

We are looking forward to meeting you at the regional conference on “Intellectual Property and Sports” and discuss the close intellectual property and sports links, get acquainted with value of intellectual property to sports community, harm of fake sports measures done to athletes and sports sector and the influence of innovation to the achievements at sports, to discuss the copyright and related rights protection problems in broadcasting sports events.

Be a champion – overcome the distance of your park or feel the taste of victory at the Olympic Games – no one should interfere!

The State Patent Bureau of the Republic of Lithuania