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WIPO seminar “PCT and the Madrid Trademark Registration System”
On the initiative of WIPO, the National Intellectual Property Office and the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, on November 14, 2019, the WIPO seminar “PCT and the Madrid Trademark Registration System” was organized at the Synergy Science Park, which was attended by employees of our company.
During the first part of the event, Mr. Benoît Apercé provided useful information on the peculiarities of the use of the Madrid trademark registration system. Not only were the new countries recalled that joined the Madrid system in 2019 (Canada, Brazil, Malaysia), but also potential participants, in particular South Africa, Pakistan, Malta.
One step closer to EU standards: Bill No. 1230 on the Protection of IP Rights at the customs border of Ukraine
Bill No. 1230 adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in the first reading aims to improve the level of preventing crossing Ukrainian custom border by goods that violate IP rights. The bill provides for amendments to the Customs Code of Ukraine, e.g. enlarging the list of IP rights objects, cases of taking measures related to the suspension of customs clearance of goods suspected in violating IP rights, etc.
New WIPO standards ST.3, ST.26, ST.27, ST.37 and ST.60 are adopted
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) published the report of the seventh session of the WIPO Standards Committee. The Committee session was held from 1 to 5 July 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Following the discussions, new versions of the WIPO Standards ST.3, ST.26, ST.27, ST.37 and ST.60 were adopted. The report is available at the link.
Marina Vulikh has been acknowledged by Best Lawyers
Marina Vulikh, the patent attorney of Vulikh & Vulikh, has been selected for inclusion in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Ukraine. This information has been released publicly and is now available at the Best Lawyers website.
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation Program for 2020-2021 between the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine and WIPO
As part of the 59th series of meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO in Geneva, a meeting was organized between Taras Kachka, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, and Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General. The key issue of discussion was the need for further development of the system of IP legal protection in Ukraine, taking into account modern global practices. In particular, it is planned to create a National Intellectual Property Center, as well as to develop a network of Technology and Innovation Support Centers. As a result of negotiations, the Ministry of Economy and WIPO signed a Memorandum of Understanding, as well as a Cooperation Program for 2020-2021.
Keeping up with EU law: upgrade of legal protection of geographical indications in Ukraine
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Improving Legal Protection of Geographical Indications”. Accordingly, certain terms have received new definitions, conditions of protection granting and grounds for refusal to grant geographical indications protection have been corrected, and the like.
Official fees for registration of IP rights in Ukraine are increased
According to the Resolution No. 496 signed and published by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on June 12, 2019 official fees are significantly increased as from July 19, 2019. This increase concerns all objects of IP and all proceeding and registration stages thereof – from filing applications to maintaining patents and renewal of trademark registrations.