On December 15, 1993, the Law of Ukraine “On Protection of Rights to Industrial Designs” was adopted. This Law, with subsequent amendments, regulates all relations arising in connection with the acquisition and exercise of ownership of industrial designs in Ukraine.
As a result of the completion of the patenting industrial design procedure, a patent is granted. the patent for an industrial design confirms the ownership of an industrial design. After obtaining a patent, the applicant is guaranteed priority, authorship and the exclusive right to use it. Each applicant should know that the term of a patent for an industrial design is 10 years from the date the application is filed with the Patent Office. After the expiration of the patent, at the request of the patent owner, it may be prografted by the Office. The term of renewal may not exceed 5 years.
The rights of the patent owner are valid from the date of publication of information about its issuance. These rights enter into force after payment of the annual fee for maintaining the patent in force.
Every patent owner should know that from a legal point of view, a set of essential features of an industrial design is displayed, which are displayed on the photographs of the product (its layout and/or drawing).