Intellectual property in Ukraine

Aequo

The full-service IP practice at Aequo is led by Oleksandr Mamunya, who handles contentious and IP management matters. He represented Dr. Reddy’s in a complex patent dispute. Senior associate Andrey Nikolayenko is also noted.

Asters

Asters climbs to the top tier having brought over the team from Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, which included associate Olena KozhokarJulia Semeniy leads the group and Mariana Polishchuk is another name to note. Ferrero and Biosphere Corporation are among the firm's clients. Taras Kyslyy, previously a counsel with the firm, joined Arzinger as a partner in 2019.

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office assists international and local companies with managing and enforcing IP rights in Ukraine. Ruslan Drobyazko acted for Nissan in numerous trade mark prosecution, clearance and opposition cases. Senior associates Oleksiy Stolyarenko and Yuliya Kolchenko are also noted.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper Ukraine LLC has a full-service IP practice that handles patents, trade marks, copyright, trade secrets and designs. Practice head Natalia Pakhomovska and legal director Natalia Kirichenko count Bacardi, Porsche, Nu Mark and Nike among their clients.

Doubinsky & Osharova

IP boutique Doubinsky & Osharova is widely regarded as one of the leading firms in the market. Irina Osharova and Michael Doubinsky are experienced IP practitioners. Tatyana Shpakovich acted for a leading German chemicals company in trade mark matters.

Ilyashev & Partners

For one client, Ilyashev & Partners has 'the best IP practice in Ukraine'. Patent attorney Irina Kirichenko, who is 'client oriented', and Mikhail Ilyashev acted for Austrian company Megainpharm in a dispute against the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.

IPStyle

IP boutique IPStyle is 'one of the top specialist firms - respectful, polite and prompt', according to a client. Leading light Mariya Ortynska, 'outstanding' head of inventions Iryna Ortynska and 'dedicated' trade mark specialist Oksana Padokh are all recommended. Louis Vuitton Malletier and Danone are key clients.

Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners

Specialist patent, trade mark and design practice Mikhailyuk, Sorokolat & Partners is widely regarded as a leading IP boutique. Founders Valentin Mikhailyuk and Anna Mikhailyuk are leading lights in the market. The firm counts global leaders in food, pharmaceuticals, car manufacturing and personal care among its clients.

Sayenko Kharenko

Sayenko Kharenko handles litigation, anti-counterfeiting, rights management and specific advice to IT sector clients on matters such as outsourcing. Partner Yaroslav Ognevyuk heads the IP practice. Oleksandr Padalka is a leading light. Counsel Oleg Klymchuk, who counts Anheuser-Busch InBev among his clients, and senior associate Volodymyr Smelik are also noted.

Arzinger

Arzinger handles the full range of IP rights management and litigation. Newly promoted partner Kateryna Oliinyk leads the practice and she assisted start-up company SolarGaps with managing core IP assets relating to environmental technologies and green power. Taras Kyslyy joined as a partner from Asters in August 2019.

Axon Partners

Axon Partners focuses on technology and IP matters and fields outstanding practitioners including CEO Dima Gadomsky and Lviv-based partner Lidiya Klymkiv. IP rights and data protection are core strengths of the firm.

CMS

CMS handles domestic and cross-border IP matters including litigation and rights management. Commercial partner Olexander Martinenko and practice head Maria Orlyk are the key contacts. Olga Belyakova advised a US social media company on the transfer of IP rights.

Danevych.Law

Danevych.Law, which was part of Marchenko Danevych, advises leading pharmaceutical and medical device companies and clinical trial operators on IP matters. Borys Danevych counts AstraZeneca among his clients.

Dentons

Dentons has 'great experience in IP matters and is proactive'. Counsel Oksana Horban is 'a very reliable professional who has vast expertise and knowledge'. She advised ride-sharing company BlaBlaCar on numerous IP, e-commerce and regulatory issues.

Gorodissky & Partners

The practice at Gorodissky & Partners includes eight specialist patent and trade mark lawyers, who advise domestic and international clients on the full range of IP matters. Founding partner Nina Moshynska handled trade mark applications for one of the world's leading online marketplaces.

Juscutum Attorneys Association

IP, IT and telecoms firm Juscutum Attorneys Association handles disputes, media matters and cybersecurity. Valeria Dyachenko leads the practice. She assisted Big Hand Films with its film Hrudnevka kazka, which included the transfer of IP rights.

Legal Alliance Company

Legal Alliance Company handles IP disputes as well as rights management and commercialisation projects. 'It has niche expertise in healthcare and pharmaceutics, and deep indusrty knowledge', remarks a client. 'Dedicated and committed' practice head Illya Kostin counts Alcon and Adamed among his clients.

Marchenko Partners

Marchenko Partners, which was formerly part of Marchenko Danevych, handles IP transactions and disputes for clients such as Next Retail, Edana and LafargeHolcim. Key partner Oleksandr Aleksyeyenko advised chocolate manufacturer Malbi on the opposition to a competitor's trade mark.

Oleksandr Peremezhko & Partners

Oleksandr Peremezhko & Partners advises domestic and international clients on the acquisition, development, protection and exploitation of IP rights. Oleksandr Peremezhko acted for Jaguar Land Rover in court proceedings concerning the early termination of the Jaguar trade mark, which was filed by the respondent.

Pakharenko & Partners

At Pakharenko & PartnersAntonina Pakharenko-Anderson and Alexander Pakharenko are among the most experienced IP lawyers in the market. IP is the firm's core practice area and it handles prosecutions as well as the management of patents, designs, trade marks, domain names and plant varieties.

PETOŠEVIC

PETOŠEVIC is 'very responsive and receptive to the needs of clients'. The team, which 'works seamlessly' across the firm's network of European and CIS offices, handles patent and trade mark prosecution, and rights management. Dina Petošević is the key name to note.

SDM Partners LLC

SDM Partners LLC has a strong practice in the registration of IP rights, infringement cases, licensing and managing the IP aspects of corporate transactions. Serhiy Dzis is the key partner and he acted for a US food company in support of its global advertising campaign and the introduction of new products to Ukraine.

Synergy IP Law Agency

Synergy IP Law Agency has 'a well-qualified and competent team for all IP services'. Key partner Viktoriia Ostapchuk and litigation head Anna Kravchuk are 'attentive to details'. Kravchuk handled a pre-trial order to protect an internet trade mark for Panmed. Vivo Active and Medex are also clients of the firm.

Taylor Wessing Ukraine

Taylor Wessing Ukraine's team is part of a wider firm that is globally regarded as a leader in IP and IT matters. Its work encompasses trade mark and design registration, licensing, regulatory advice and patent litigation. Key contacts Olena Stakhurska and counsel Vasyl Pop-Stasiv represented a German design agency in a plagiarism claim.

Eterna Law

Led by corporate partner Oleh Malskyy, the IP practice at Eterna Law advises domestic and international clients in the luxury, telecoms, retail, FMCG, IT and pharmaceutical sectors. Malskyy and associate Alina Podolyak advised WeFuture on a global data privacy compliance project.

Gramatskiy&Partners

The experienced team at Gramatskiy&Partners handles copyright , trade mark, IT and mass media matters. Practice head Borys KarasIgor Reutov and Mykola Voytovich count Danfoss and Fun Food Family among their clients. For Skywind, Reutov handled the transfer of software licences.

Integrites

Integrites handles contentious IP matters as well as the management of IP portfolios. Practice head Dariya Ganzienko assisted Fornetti with the IP aspects of its acquisition by Aryzta. For Farmak, the team defended its IP rights against competitors engaged in unfair competition.

Jurimex Law Firm

IP and media law practice co-heads Yuriy Krainiak and Oksana Yefimchuk at Jurimex Law Firm handle registration, licensing, internet law and disputes. The duo advised a news broadcaster on the acquisition of content rights, and assisted the state lottery operator with the protection of IP rights.

PwC Legal

At PwC Legal, experienced practitioner Olga Romanenko leads the IP, IT and data protection group. With  litigator and tax partner Andrey Pronchenko, she advised a local software company on contractual relationships with Ukrainian software developers.

Redcliffe Partners

'The team is exceptional in every aspect of its work', says a client of Redcliffe Partners. Counsel and practice head Daria Valyavska has 'deep knowledge and an excellent understanding of the market'. She advised agro-industrial group MHP on trade mark registration in several Arab countries.

Vasil Kisil & Partners

Patent, trade mark and unfair competition cases are core areas of expertise at Vasil Kisil & Partners, where counsel Ilarion Tomarov leads the practice. He acted for the local subsidiary of a global electronics company in a case regarding private copying levies.

Wolf Theiss

The IP practice at Wolf Theiss is 'highly organised and helpful'. The 'professional, punctual and patient' Taras Dumych acted for Uponor in a matter concerning the termination of an unlawful trade mark that infringed its domain name.