On January 25, 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine approved of two draft laws of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine directed to the improvement of the intellectual property rights protection field in Ukraine. Both documents were developed in accordance with the concept of the Intellectual Property Rights Protection Reform in Ukraine.
The first draft is titled “On Introduction of Amendments to Some Legislative Acts Regulating Copyright and Neighboring Rights Issues”.
The second draft is titled “On Introduction of Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine Related to the Improvement of Legal Protection of Inventions and Utility Models”. This draft is aimed at protecting and stimulating innovative activity in Ukraine. In particular, it provides for a possibility of electronic filing of patent applications, improvement of the mechanism for objecting pending applications at the Patent Office of Ukraine (Ukrpatent), and introduce the principles of “post-grant opposition” and overcoming “patent trolling”.