(WIPO code: UA) (latest review January 2022)

by PAKHARENKO & PARTNERS, Kyiv – Mrs. A. Pakharenko-Anderson

General Information


603,628 sq. km.


41,319,838 (estimated October 2021, not taking into account the occupied territories of the Crimea and the city of Sevastopol).


Kyiv (Kiev in Russian) with 2,962,180 inhabitants (estimated January 2021).


Ukrainian (official), Russian.


Hryvnia (UAH).

General Remarks

Ukraine is a country in central-eastern Europe and the second largest country in Europe after Russia. Ukraine became an independent State in August 1991 after the split of the USSR. Ukraine is a parliamentary-presidential republic with a democratic form of government headed by a president.

Ukraine is rich in fertile soils and natural resources and has a developed economy with both significant agricultural, industrial and scientific sectors. The primary industries are engineering industry, metallurgy, shipbuilding, aircraft construction, chemical and pharmaceutical industries and others.

Formation of the intellectual property protection system dates back to the declaration of independence in 1991. In 1992, the Ukrainian Patent Office was founded. In a year the first intellectual property laws were adopted. Since May 2017 the functions of the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine (which has been abolished) / Ukrainian Patent Office, have been assumed by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (current name is Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine) within the reform of the IPR protection system launched in 2015. Further institutional changes in the State management in the field of intellectual property are under way. Currently, the system of institutions responsible for the protection of intellectual property rights is comprised of the Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, the National Intellectual Property Authority (NIPA), the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine (the Ukrainian Plant Varieties Office), the Ukrainian Institute of Plant Variety Examination (the Ukrainian Testing Authority).

Industrial property protection in the territory of Crimea: although according to Ukrainian legislation, inventions, utility models, industrial designs, trademarks, service marks and appellations of origin (IP rights) registered in Ukraine remain valid on the territory of Crimea, as of March 18, 2014 de facto it is no longer possible to enforce them. As of this date, IP rights registered in the Russian Federation extend to the territory of Crimea and are enforceable there under Russian legislation.

Therefore, in case of a continued business activity in Crimea and ownership of an IP right registered in Ukraine but not in the Russian Federation, it is recommended to obtain registration for such IP right in the Russian Federation.


Statistics (applications filed) 2017 2018 2019 2020
Inventions (total) 4,049 3,968 3,852 3,180
– filed under the PCT 1,555 1,613 1,554 1,583
Utility models 9,112 9,120 8,459 5,284
Industrial designs 2,480 3,042 2,678 2,026
Trademarks (total) 30,183 30,899 42,194 35,539
– under the Madrid Agreement 7,634 7,752 8,458 7,644