(WIPO code: UA) (last revised June 2020)

by PAKHARENKO & PARTNERS, Kiev – Mrs. A. Pakharenko-Anderson

General Information

Area

603,628 sq. km.

Population

41,953,020 (estimated February 2019, not taking into account the occupied territories of the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol).

Capital

Kyiv (Kiev in Russian) with 2,950,800 inhabitants (estimated Jan. 2019).

Languages

Ukrainian (official), Russian.

Currency

one hryvna (UAH) = 0.043 U.S. dollar (Dec. 2019).

General Remarks

Ukraine is a country in central-eastern Europe and the second largest country in Europe after Russia. Ukraine became an independent State in August 1991 after the split of the USSR. Ukraine is a parliamentary-presidential republic with a democratic form of government headed by a president.

Ukraine is rich in fertile soils and natural resources and has a developed economy with both significant agricultural, industrial and scientific sectors. The primary industries are engineering industry, metallurgy, shipbuilding, aircraft construction, chemical and pharmaceutical industries and others.

Formation of the intellectual property protection system dates back to the declaration of independence in 1991. In 1992, the Ukrainian Patent Office was founded. In a year the first intellectual property laws were adopted. Since May 2017 the functions of the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine (which has been abolished) / Ukrainian Patent Office, have been assumed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (current name is Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine) within the reform of the IPR protection system launched in 2015. Further institutional changes in the State management in the field of intellectual property are under way. Currently, the system of institutions responsible for the protection of intellectual property rights is comprised of the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Institute of Intellectual Property (the Ukrainian Examining Authority) in subordination of MEDT, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (the Ukrainian Plant Varieties Office), the Ukrainian Institute of Plant Variety Examination (the Ukrainian Testing Authority).

Industrial property protection in the territory of Crimea: although according to Ukrainian legislation, inventions, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks, service marks and appellations of origin (IP rights) registered in Ukraine remain valid on the territory of Crimea, as of March 18, 2014 de facto it is no longer possible to enforce them. As of this date, IP rights registered in the Russian Federation extend to the territory of Crimea and are enforceable there under Russian legislation.
Therefore, in case of a continued business activity in Crimea and ownership of an IP right registered in Ukraine but not in the Russian Federation, it is recommended to obtain registration for such IP right in the Russian Federation.

 

Statistics (applications filed) 2016 2017 2018 2019
Inventions (total) 4,093 4,049 3,968 2,016
– filed under the PCT 1,671 1,555 1,613 737
Utility models 9,559 9,112 9,120 5,168
Industrial designs 2,302 2,480 3,042 1,421
Trademarks (total) 29,600 30,183 30,899 20,351
– under the Madrid Agreement 6,005 7,634 7,752 4,420