|Obituary forDr. Abraham Fogel
President of the Latvian National Group
† June 11, 2002
On June 11, 2002, Dr. Abraham Fogel lost his battle with pancreatic cancer and died at the age of 78 his home in Riga, Latvia. Dr. Fogel’s death is a great loss to intellectual property protection professionals community. He was a patent and trademark specialist of international reputation and a wonderful human being.
After an initial practice as attorney-at-law, from 1964 till 1992 Dr. Fogel was associated with the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, where he was the head of Patents and Licences department. His books on theoretical issues of chemical and pharmaceutical inventions and their patentability were groundbreaking for the then USSR patent doctrine. His contribution to introduction of substance protection in the USSR is well recognized. No less important was his contribution to patent litigation practice. Patenting of Ftorafur (Futraful in Japan) and successful protecting of this major anti-cancer preparation against infringers in Japanese courts was a legendary achievment for a Soviet lawyer.
After the breakdown of the USSR and reestablishing of independent Latvia, Dr. Fogel contributed his knowledge and energy to development of legal basis for Latvian intellectual property protection system. In 1992 he became a patent attorney and founded his patent agency Alfa-Patents. His numerous international professional contacts made him a natural choice for the President of the Latvian National group of AIPPI.
Dr. Fogel was not only an outstanding professional, but also a warm and supportive friend. Some of his human properties were absolute – absolute pitch, absolute memory and absolute integrity. His interest and knowledge in painting, music and cinema was almost professional.
He is survived by his wife Natalia, his sons Georgy an Valery.
Latvian National Group of AIPPI