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Since the outbreak of war in February 2022, the Ukrainian IP market has faced numerous disruptions. With many IP practitioners having been evacuated or drafted, and widespread electricity shortages at the patent office, both clients and practitioners have experienced significant obstacles. In April 2022 the Ukrainian Parliament clarified the suspension of IP deadlines for the period in which Ukraine remains under martial law, creating a safety net for IP rights holders who could not meet deadlines owing to the consequences of war. However, many practitioners advise that relevant IP deadlines should be handled on a case-by-case basis and rights holders should attempt to follow the typical course of action as much as possible. Despite the disruption, many patrons, both domestic and international, remain interested in IP enforcement in Ukraine, and practitioners are hopeful that the market will stabilise.
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