Ganna Prokhorova and Oleksandr Mamunya of Mamunya IP have published a newsletter explaining how the war in Ukraine has affected activities at the Ukrainian Patent and Trademark Office (UAPTO), Customs service and the courts.
Impact on deadlines and IP Office activities
In our May newsletter, Ganna Prokhorova and Oleksandr Mamunya advised IP Office users to adhere to the deadlines because filing and prosecution can be done online. They, however, noted that "reasons for missing a deadline should be well substantiated before the UAPTO".
Impact on IP protection, disputes and enforcement
The government prohibited the use of certain symbols and letters such as "Z" on products, but this does not affect trade mark application or registration before February 24, 2022.
Some of the commercial court judges have scheduled IP case hearings for May and June 2022, but access to the court's online system has been temporarily suspended for safety reasons.
Criminal IP enforcement is still not a top priority for the relevant authorities.