Establishment of a National intellectual property Authority
On June 16, 2020, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Establishment of a National Intellectual Authority " (Bill 252255 of October 10, 2019)
The law provides for the establishment of the National Intellectual Property Authority of Ukraine (hereinafter - NIPA) as a legal entity of public law (state organization), which belongs to the sphere of management of the Ministry of Economy, and will provide legal protection of intellectual property.
The powers of the NIPA will include:
- acceptance of applications, their examination, decision-making on registration of rights to intellectual property;
- state registration of industrial designs, trademarks and patents, issuance of certificates;
- invalidation of intellectual property rights;
- publication of official information on objects of intellectual property rights, maintaining the Register of such objects, entering information into it, providing extracts and statements in electronic and (or) paper form;
- implementation of international cooperation in the field of legal protection of intellectual property and representation of Ukraine's interests on these issues in the World Intellectual Property Organization and other international organizations in accordance with the legislation;
- training, certification and registration of intellectual property representatives (patent attorneys), maintenance of the State Register of such patent attorneys;
- informing and providing explanations on the implementation of state policy in the field of protection of intellectual property rights.
While the bill is signed by the President, we suggest you read more about the text of the document and changes in the basic laws in the field of intellectual property, which introduces a new law, at the link http://w1.c1.rada.gov.ua/pls/zweb2/webproc4_1?pf3511=67060.