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Sep 28, 2016 (Newsletter Issue 17/16)
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State Intellectual Property Service No Longer Needed

The resolution "On optimization of central executive bodies of the state system for the legal protection of intellectual property" was adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on August 23, 2016. It stipulates in particular the liquidation of the State Intellectual Property Service.

The State Intellectual Property Service had been responsible for the following functions: examination of applications for intellectual property rights; the issuance of the relevant patents and certificates; the registration of intellectual property objects; assignment agreements; license agreements and maintenance of the registers.

In future these functions will be delegated to the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade after the adoption of the relevant act by the Government.

The decision was taken in order to facilitate the streamlining of the state management in the intellectual property sphere, and to implement an effective management on behalf of the public enterprises and organizations in the intellectual property field.

Source: Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat and Partners, Ukraine