Martial law was first imposed in Ukraine on February 24, 2022 and is currently in effect until
August 23, 2022.
On March 1, 2022, the Ukrainian IPO published a notice informing attorneys, applicants, and IP
owners that the IPO continues to operate to ensure the smooth functioning of the intellectual
property system. Thereafter, on March 4, 2022, the IPO published a notice that its Board of
Appeals had suspended all cases.
On March 21, 2022, the IPO published another update regarding IP prosecution under martial law.
The IPO stated that for missed deadlines under martial law imposed in Ukraine, the provisions of
the Law of Ukraine On Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine (force majeure
circumstances) may apply to applicants and owners residing or domiciled in Ukraine.
Finally, on April 1, 2022, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Law On Protection of Intellectual
Property Rights During Martial Law in Connection with the Military Aggression of the Russian
Federation against Ukraine, which entered into force on April 13, 2022 and clarified how martial
law affects the terms of protection and prosecution of IP rights. The law provides for suspension of
terms and extension of terms for the duration of martial law.