Ukraine: IP deadlines under Martial Law

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The Ukrainian Intellectual Property Office (UIPO) is working around the clock to secure the intellectual property rights (IPRs) system in the country.

On 24 February 2022, the Martial Law was introduced which, among other things, establishes a safety framework in case certain deadlines affecting IPRs cannot be respected, considering that circumstances of “force majeure” are present. However, the text of the law raised doubts regarding the time limits involving IP right holders who are not Ukrainian citizens or are not domiciled in Ukraine.

To address these concerns, the Law 2174-IX “On the Protection of IPRs during Martial Law in connection with the military aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine” was adopted on 1 April 2022 and entered into force on 13 April.

The said Law clarifies the situation in that it provides:

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