Region: Ukraine

New Ukrainian language law: Ukrainian official language for product labelling and advertising

The new Ukrainian language law, which enters into force on 16 July 2019, will require the use of the Ukrainian language for product labelling and advertising, with the exception of trademarks.

21 June 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Ukraine

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2019

No laws or regulations deal specifically with counterfeiting in Ukraine. Thus, this type of infringement is dealt with under the Trademark Law. Although that statute contains no definition of ‘counterfeit goods’, the relevant civil and criminal laws contain blanket provisions referring to the Trademark Law, particularly the definition of ‘use of a trademark’.

14 May 2019

New domain name dispute resolution policy to be launched - what you need to know

In a welcome development for trademark owners, a new policy for the resolution of domain name disputes under the ‘.ua’ TLD will be launched on 19 March 2019.

11 February 2019

New drafts amendments to patent, utility model, design and trademark legislation – what you need to know

The Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has released new draft amendments to the patent, utility model, design and trademark legislation for public review.

07 November 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Ukraine

Featured in World Trademark Review Yearbook 2019/2020

The Trademark Act does not protect unregistered trademarks as such. However, in certain cases, the owner of an unregistered mark that is used in Ukraine can protect its rights on the grounds of unfair competition laws.

10 September 2018

Supreme Court ends long-running debate: grace period from Association Agreement directly applicable in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Supreme Court has upheld decisions of the lower courts finding that the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement - which provides for a five-year non-use grace period, as opposed to three years under the national law - applied with direct effect.

10 September 2018

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Ukraine

Featured in Anti-counterfeiting: A Global Guide 2018

No laws or regulations deal specifically with counterfeiting in Ukraine. Thus, this type of infringement is dealt with under the Trademark Law.

24 May 2018

New grace period for non-use? Court finds that Association Agreement should have direct effect

The Kiev Commercial Court has held that the Association Agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, which provides for a five-year grace period for non-use, shall apply with direct effect.

10 April 2018

Higher IP Court to start operations this year; efficiency expected to improve

The new Higher Court on Intellectual Property Matters, whose jurisdiction covers of wide range of IP and unfair competition disputes, is expected to start operating this year.

07 March 2018

Ukraine establishes IP court

The process of establishing a new court in the Ukrainian judicial system, the High Intellectual Property Court, was recently launched by Decree 299/2017. The court will have jurisdiction over IP-related disputes and will act as a court of first instance and a court of appeal. The establishment of a specialised IP court is one of the most important changes brought about by the judicial reform and is expected to make the Ukrainian IP system more efficient and IP-related litigation more consistent.

06 December 2017

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