Ukraine

Ukraine’s patent market is fast developing and IP professionals express optimism about the country’s progress towards a higher-quality IP regime; the proposed new High IP Court, for example, is seen as a positive. Although Ukraine’s political situation remains complex, patent filing numbers are holding steady while things are heating up on the litigation side. Another encouraging sign is that domestic innovators are increasingly looking outward as they work to improve their IP schemes.

Firms

  • AEQUO
  • Doubinsky & Osharova
  • Asters
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Gorodissky & Partners (Ukraine) 
  • IPStyle
  • Konnov & Sozanovsky
  • Mikhailyuk Sorokolat & Partners
  • Pakharenko & Partners
  • PETOŠEVIĆ

AEQUO

AEQUO ascends to the IAM Patent 1000 gold tier for 2019; the full-service firm’s standalone IP litigation unit has scored a number of impressive victories lately, while its broader IP group has maintained the highest standards on the prosecution, strategic advisory and transactional sides of the practice. Further, the team has made important contributions to the IP law, policy and reform debate in the country. Setting the tone of excellence as leader of the IP and dispute resolution practices is Oleksandr Mamunya. The IP all-rounder has done much for the advancement of industry practice through his involvement in the Ukrainian Sustainable Development Foundation and cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine. This take on clients’ IP issues is always authoritative.

Asters

The biggest Ukrainian law firm, Asters wins many admirers for its outstanding commercial legal work. Members of the IP group do not let the side down, but provide high-quality, strategically savvy and easily implementable advice covering all aspects of the protection of patents. At the forefront of the practice is Julia Semeniy, a “gifted handler of complex litigation cases”.

Baker McKenzie

For international companies looking to establish sustained patent protection in Ukraine that aligns with their international IP positions, Baker McKenzie is a smart choice. Ruslan Drobyazko and his reliable crew have lately handled make-or-break matters for a leading biopharmaceutical company, challenging decisions issued by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and addressing patent invalidation matters in the courts with clever argumentation and well-thought-out strategies.

Doubinsky & Osharova

Illustrious boutique Doubinsky & Osharova has managed and developed IP portfolios for almost as long as Ukraine has been independent; the firm is also “excellent at patent litigation”, making it “a market leader all around”. Composed of six lawyers and 11 patent and trademark attorneys – among them three PhDs – the team has impressive firepower. Founding partners Michael Doubinsky and Irina Osharova are distinguished IP thought leaders whose words and actions have inspired and guided many of Ukraine’s leading patent players.

Gorodissky & Partners (Ukraine) 

Garnering plaudits for their efficient handling of prosecution tasks and management of portfolios, the responsive professionals at Gorodissky & Partners (Ukraine) work swiftly and accurately on behalf of myriad foreign applicants. An excellent communicator and speaker of four languages, Nina Moshynska sets the gold standard. Lately, she has handled numerous time-sensitive requests from leading agritech clients seeking to safeguard their rights.

IPStyle

Agile, technically adroit and personable, the practitioners at IPStyle provide on-the-money advice to clients throughout all phases of the patent lifecycle. The emphasis here is on guiding innovators down the most strategically and commercially suitable paths; in line with this, the firm has lately been hard at work cultivating a broader skill set encompassing patent landscaping and auditing. Managing partner Mariya Ortynska is behind these moves. In her own practice, she handles tough litigations deftly and works wonders at the negotiation table.

Konnov & Sozanovsky

Commercial firm Konnov & Sozanovsky offers a comprehensive suite of patent services and acquits itself with distinction in all technical areas. However, it is best known for its assured handling of IP disputes and technology-driven transactions. A good central point of contact in the IP department is Alexandra Odinets.

Mikhailyuk Sorokolat & Partners

Mikhailyuk Sorokolat & Partners “can efficiently handle queries concerning multiple jurisdictions” and offers a “seamless one-stop service covering the CIS [Commonwealth of Independent States]”. With more than 180 IP professionals across its seven offices, the firm has the workforce to tackle any challenging matter head on and turn it around quickly. Technically sophisticated, too, it deploys a reliable online file system to enhance its portfolio management offering; clients can easily access information relevant to their IP assets and matters, giving them peace of mind at all times. Founding partner Valentin Mikhailyuk claims the honour of being the first patent and trademark attorney registered in Ukraine; the depth of his knowledge and experience sets him apart. Captaincy of the patent department falls to Vadim Mikhailyuk, a proven innovator when it comes to the delivery of IP services.

Pakharenko & Partners

Pakharenko & Partners is “one of the top patent filers in Ukraine” and a destination of choice for many international rights holders. Not just a prosecution shop, it also flexes superb IP litigation skills which have been tried and tested in varied cases and many different forums. Sweetening the deal, the firm also has ample competition and commercial law expertise to tap into. At the forefront of the practice are senior IP strategist Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson and versatile protector and enforcer Alexander Pakharenko.

PETOŠEVIĆ

Stakeholders in the IP market automatically associate the name PETOŠEVIĆ with staunch IP protection and flawless coordination of cross-border mandates in Eastern Europe. Though dispersed across 16 offices, its 120-strong staff work in harmony to design and implement coherent IP approaches for life sciences, medical device, construction and chemical companies. Client oriented, responsive, proactive and communicative, Dina Petoševic does a top job leading teams in Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. Her regional IP legal knowledge is impeccable.

Other recommended experts

An IP bridge between east and west, Dr Emil Benatov & Partners’ Daniel Benatov has impressive chemistry credentials and is a Ukrainian patent attorney par excellence. Alexey Goriainov, of T-Marka, Patent & Law Firm, is a “highly professional patent attorney” in the mechanical arts with more than 15 years’ experience. Fedorova & Partners traces its roots back to the establishment of the patent system in Ukraine. Among its most technically accomplished practitioners is Sergey Grenchuk; he heads the patent department and is an experienced prosecutor and litigator with patent attorney and lawyer qualifications.

Individuals

  • Michael I Doubinsky - Doubinsky & Osharova
  • Oleksandr Mamunya - AEQUO
  • Daniel Benatov - Patent Bureau "Dr Emil Benatov & Partners"
  • Ruslan V Drobyazko - Baker McKenzie
  • Alexey Goriainov - T-Marka, Patent & Law Firm
  • Sergey Grenchuk - Fedorova & Partners
  • Vadim Mikhailyuk - Mikhailyuk Sorokolat & Partners
  • Valentin Mikhailyuk - Mikhailyuk Sorokolat & Partners
  • Nina Moshynska - Gorodissky & Partners (Ukraine) 
  • Mariya Ortynska - IPStyle
  • Irina O Osharova - Doubinsky & Osharova
  • Alexander Pakharenko - Pakharenko & Partners
  • Antonina Pakharenko-Anderson - Pakharenko & Partners
  • Dina Petošević - PETOŠEVIĆ
  • Julia N Semeniy - Asters