The trademark practice takes a great part in our firm’s everyday activity. Just to note, Grischenko & Partners (at that time – Grischenko, Paliashvili & Partners) was the first law firm from Ukraine after dissolution of the ex-USSR to attend the INTA Annual Meeting, which was held in Seattle (WA), USA in 1994. Our late partner Maya Lgova represented the firm at that time.
We accompany the full course of registration process from searching and filing to obtaining a registration certificate, including responding to all possible Office Actions and eventual refusals. Our services also include recording all types of changes and assignments for pending applications and registered trademarks.
In our care there are portfolios of numerous national and foreign clients, which we handle with utmost care. We are always keep to establish mutually favorable cooperation.
Trademark registration can be obtained both via national and international routes (Madrid Agreement and Protocol). European route is not available yet, as Ukraine is not an EU member.
The registration process in Ukraine involves examination for absolute and relative grounds, including based on opposition. The Registration Certificate issues for a term of 10 years as of the filing date and is renewable every 10 years. Claiming convention priority is possible within 6 months pursuant to the Paris Convention. The registration process takes about 18 months and can be accelerated by about 8 months.
Before applying to register a trademark in Ukraine, it is always advisable to conduct a prior availability and registrability search in the national and international registers. We advise our clients on availability and registrability of proposed trademarks, suggest the best way of protecting a sign in Ukraine and avoiding any conflict with prior rights on the Ukrainian market.
Once a trademark is registered, we assist in recording licenses (this is a voluntary option) and assignments to a third party. We also handle renewals and recordal of changes to the owner’s name and address.
We successfully assist in overcoming provisional refusals issued for international registrations designating Ukraine, this practice is very extensive in our firm.