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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Aug 06, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 13/20)
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IP Legislation Amended / New Official Opposition Procedure

On July 21, 2020, the Ukrainian parliament adopted several bills, e.g. Bill No. 2258, concerning the protection of intellectual property rights. The amendments are intended to bring Ukrainian legislation on intellectual property in line with the norms established in the European Union. It is expected that the changes will enter into force before September 1, 2020, once the laws are signed by the President of Ukraine and officially published.

The amendments introduce a new official opposition procedure for trademarks, where opposition can be filed within 3 months from the publication date of the trademark application. Under the old system, the opposition had to be filed at least 5 days before the decision on the application was taken.

Further changes are the following:
- Applications for trademark registration can now be submitted electronically.
- The grounds for refusing to register new trademarks and invalidating existing trademarks have been modified.
- Registration of collective trademarks has been introduced.
- The procedure for granting legal protection to international trademark registrations (under the Madrid system) has been amended.
- The sanctions for infringing on trademark rights are now stronger.

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