In early March 2022, the Ukrainian IP Office (which, in addition to war, is undergoing an institutional reform) issued a notice, informing the parties that the Office’s activities were not interrupted by war. It also informed applicants who reside or are domiciled in Ukraine that they could rely on the force majeure certificate from the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce as a justification for missed deadlines. However, the Ukrainian Office does not have competences to grant general extension of time-limits.
On April 1, 2022, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted a dedicated law, “On the protection of the interests of individuals in the field of intellectual property during the martial law introduced in connection with the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine” (Law No 2174-IX). The law entered into force on April 13, 2022. Read more