The attack of Russia to Ukraine in February has also affected the IP field. Sanctions imposed against Russia and the counteractions of Russia against unfriendly countries have raised uncertainty and concern among IP right holders. Read more in an article by our IP experts Riikka Palmos and Annikki Hämäläinen.
Papula-Nevinpat’s announcement on Ukraine and IP services in the Eurasian region
This announcement will be updated when necessary as the situation changes – updated 7 April 2022
We are deeply saddened and shocked about the war in Ukraine and our hearts are with all the people affected.
Our top priority remains on our team members and partners in Ukraine but also in the whole Eurasian region at this difficult time. At present, our team in Ukraine is safe and has been able to work remotely from home, although needless to say, there may be disruptions.
The Ukrainian Patent Office has announced on 1 March 2022 that the Ukrainian Institute of Intellectual Property (Ukrpatent) continues to operate on a full-time basis and is providing all necessary services for the protection of intellectual property.
No official announcement about any postponements of due dates has been made. (Update of 7.4.2022: Please see the article regarding IP deadlines suspension).
However, we have good reason to assume that the Patent Office in Ukraine will be granting extensions or postpone all due dates due to war circumstances and no loss of rights should occur. Further, martial law is in force in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Patent Office will inform on their website of any distractions to their operations and services.
All our IP services are currently running normally. All correspondence and invoicing is managed at our Helsinki main office and financial transactions to us are made through our Finnish banks in Finland.
Further, filing of new applications electronically has been possible in the whole Eurasian region. We are able to pay official fees and we are preparing for different scenarios to secure payment transactions.
Papula-Nevinpat is a Finnish 100 % privately owned company with operations in Eurasia, including Ukraine, Russia as well as the whole Eurasian region. We are closely monitoring the situation and its effects on IP services with the highest attention and will keep our customers informed.
For any inquiries, kindly contact:
Linda Norrgård, Team Leader, European Patent Attorney
Riikka Palmos, Director, European Trademark Attorney
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