Geographical Indications

About service

A geographical indication (GI) is a unique IP object - a sign used on products with a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation due to that origin. Using the protected geographical indication creates significant added value to products in comparison with similar conventional ones. By contrast with more traditional IP objects, there is no globally harmonized approach to protecting GI. Currently, the main ways of protection include sui generis systems, collective or certification marks, methods focusing on business practices, and administrative product approval schemes.

We help our clients to choose the most effective tools depending on the client’s goals resulting from the GI protection and are experienced in meeting all legislative requirements.

 

Our expertise in this area includes the following:

 

·        Developing strategies for protection of GIs

·        Availability searches and legal opinions

·        Monitoring and watch services

·        GI filings and prosecution

·        Pre-grant and post-grant oppositions, amicable settlements

·        Recording amendments

·        GI enforcement

·        Advising on advertising and antitrust regulations

·        Customs protection and anti-counterfeiting

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Key contacts

Oleksandr Mamunya

Founding Partner

Oleksandr Mamunya is an Attorney-at-law and a Patent and Trademark Attorney. Since 2003 Oleksandr has been practicing in the area of Intellectual Property, including patents, trademarks, trade names, designs, copyright, and related rights, domain names, as well as IP enforcement, litigation and anti-counterfeiting. His experience covers litigation and out-of-court dispute resolution, including patents, trademarks, and trade names for major Ukrainian and international companies. In addition, he handles complicated trademark and patent prosecution matters and works on complex IP assignments and licensing deals, and manages big clients’ IP portfolios. Oleksandr works in close cooperation with the Ukrainian PTO and is involved in projects to improve mechanisms of intellectual property rights protection, and in elaborating and implementing IP reform in Ukraine. Oleksandr is a member and active participant of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property ( AIPPI ) (since 2012), International Trademark Association ( INTA ) (since 2008) (member of the Anticounterfeiting Committee (2022-2023), the Parallel Imports Committee (2017-2021), and the leader of the Case Law Development Working Group (2021), Ukrainian Bar Association ( UBA ) (Chair of IP Committee (since 2017), National Association of Patent Attorneys of Ukraine (admitted to practice as Patent and Trademark Attorney since 2010), European Business Association (since 2012) (Сouncillor of the Agrochemical Committee and Consumer Electronics Committee), Kyiv City Bar Association (admitted to Bar since 2005). Education Ukrainian School for Political Studies, 2016 State Institute of Intellectual Property, 2009 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, 2005 Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Law, 2004​

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Ganna Prokhorova

Counsel, Attorney-at-law

Ganna Prokhorova is an attorney-at-law, mediator, and arbitrator focused on Intellectual Property, and particularly trademarks, copyright and design, unfair competition, and art law. Since 2005 she has been advising well-known domestic and international companies on the protection of intangible assets through a combination of monitoring and filing strategies, negotiating and drafting IP assignments, licensing and franchising agreements, as well as judicial and out-of-court defense against infringement and dilution. Ganna has a profound experience in IP court cases and domain name disputes representing famous international brand owners. She is also regularly engaged in combating counterfeits and protecting plant varieties in Ukraine. Ganna is a WIPO Domain Name Panelist under the UDRP and UA-DRP at WIPO (Geneva, Switzerland), and a URS Examiner at MFSD (Milan, Italy). Ganna is an arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA) (Hague, the Netherlands). In addition, she has for a long time been in the leadership of several international and domestic organizations and associations, such as the International Trademark Association ( INTA ) (2015-2021) (member of the Copyright Committee and the Leader of “Works Made for Hire: Review of Legislation and Practice” Task Force covering 60+ countries, 2020-2023, member of the Bulletin Committee – Features, 2018-2019, member of the Anticounterfeiting Committee, 2016-2017), the European Community Trade Mark Association ( ECTA ) (member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, 2019-2022), the Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (member since 2016), the Ukrainian National Bar Association ( UNBA ) (member of the IP Committee Board since 2019), the Ukrainian Bar Association ( UBA ) (member since 2006). Ganna is passionate about IP. Her emphatic, dynamic and flexible approach to handling matters, together with the ability to manage and foresee different issues in advance, and the solid network of relations with IP professionals worldwide, are the values appreciated by clients. Education Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 2018 State Institute of Intellectual Property, IP Law, 2016 The Hague Academy of International Law, 2015 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, 2007 Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman (KNEU), Commercial Law, 2006

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Anastasia Mindrul

Patent and Trademark Attorney

Anastasia is a registered Patent and Trademark Attorney of Ukraine working in IP since 2004. She primarily focuses on legal strategies for protecting and enforcing IP rights, patent and trademark prosecution, pre-trial counselling, copyright enforcement, geographical indications, trade names, industrial designs, and representing clients before the Chamber of Appeals of the UA PTO. Anastasia provides a diverse range of services at every stage of the IP life cycle, from pre-filing consulting (preparatory work) to post-grant oppositions, further assignment, and licensing. Anastasia is the author of many academic articles regarding IP and is the co-author of several monographs on the protection and enforcement of IP rights. Moreover, she participated in a number of working groups to develop, improve, and enforce intellectual property legislation in Ukraine. Her recent matters: Advising one of the world fastest-growing direct selling companies on possible strategies against its key trademark infringement by the third party who attempted to register a similar mark in Ukraine for the goods related to non-medicated cosmetics and pharmaceutical preparations. The case included collection of evidence, preparing and filing an opposition against the conflicting mark. Advising a global health information technology and clinical research on available strategies for protecting against unfair competition, the case included collecting evidence, preparing and filing an opposition against the conflicting mark. Supporting a well-known US multi-level marketing (MLM) company that sells health, beauty, and homecare products in the complicated trademark prosecution matter. The project included not only drafting a reply to the Provisional refusal but negotiating with the owner of the opposing mark the terms and conditions of a possible co-existence agreement, drafting and filing the latter with the UA PTO. Assisting in the assignment of several patent applications and registrations to the global digital agricultural company, advising on the peculiarities of the applicable Ukrainian law. Education State Institute of Intellectual Property, 2005 Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman (KNEU), Law, 2003

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