IAM Patent 1000 2021

Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetise them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise.

Ukraine

Notwithstanding the setbacks caused by the covid-19 pandemic, the Ukrainian IP community still has its sights set on the establishment of a specialist IP court, with a 2020 report from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at London’s Queen Mary University setting out recommendations and a legal framework for the...

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Notwithstanding the setbacks caused by the covid-19 pandemic, the Ukrainian IP community still has its sights set on the establishment of a specialist IP court, with a 2020 report from the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at London’s Queen Mary University setting out recommendations and a legal framework for the potential forum. The report is the result of a project which has also delivered training online to more than 100 Ukrainian IP judges and other professionals in preparation for the future. Commentators suggest that the benchmark of quality for patent providers has risen markedly in recent years and the country is becoming an ever-more attractive venue for those seeking patent protection across Eastern Europe; fees appear to be on the increase as a result. Major changes were recently introduced by new laws on bureaucratic barriers and corruption in the healthcare sector, and on patent reforms more generally, which came into effect in July and August 2020 respectively. The new legislation has had a dramatic impact in the pharmaceutical space and beyond, making it possible for Ukrainian patent holders to obtain SPCs, expanding the definition of non-patentability and introducing the option of post-grant opposition procedures.

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