When we need information, we all use Internet services.
The main goal of the Internet is to provide communication between users for information exchange. The Internet primarily was conceived as a tool for transmitting information. It is built around a system of domain names, which the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) created and manages. The key to searching for required information in the Inet is the domain name (or domain).
If you want to be found in the Web, you need to have your own website and domain name.
The structure of each domain name consists, at least, of two parts: a top-level (first level) domain name – a national or international one and the second-level domain name that serves for identifying a definite website. The domain names can also be of the third, fourth and subsequent levels.
Top-level international domain names – these are names of the “com” type – are reserved for commercial organisations, “org» is for non-commercial structures, and “edu” is for educational establishments.
The national top-level domain names identify the countries where they are registered: .ua – Ukraine; .us – USA; .de – Germany, etc.
The second-level national domain names consist of the country designation and the name of a specific website, e.g., imena.ua, inventa.ua, hostmaster.ua, etc.
Domain .ua was delegated to Ukraine in 1992. Since then, Ukraine has been having a network of second-level domains *.ua, with over 560 thousand domain names presently.
ICANN-certified organisations are involved in registering second-level domains. In Ukraine, such an organisation is LLC Hostmaster (www.hostmaster.ua) founded in 2001. This company is the sole administrator of the top-level domain .ua, and also registers and administers second-level domains ****.ua.
In this case, the requisite condition of receiving a second-level domain, according to the Rules of domain .UA, is that the applicant holds a registered trademark.
How to register a domain in Ukraine?
If you want to be registered in the segment .UA and receive a second-level domain name, first you need to be granted a trademark certificate in Ukraine for certain goods and/or services.
To register a trademark in Ukraine, the following is required:
- Design a word designation to be registered as a trademark.
- Determine the list of goods and services, for which the trademark will be used.
- Provide the particulars of the applicant in whose name the trademark will be registered.
Having received the information indicated in items 1-3, we draw up a draft cost estimate considering various approaches to registering a trademark in Ukraine and the options of registering a domain name in the segment .UA.
Depending on the agreed upon strategy and tactics of registering a domain name in the segment .UA, we perform a search for trademarks filed and registered in Ukraine.
Next, we prepare and submit a package of application documentation to the Patent Office of Ukraine for trademark registration.
The term of registering a trademark in Ukraine is 12-15 months from the date of filing an application with the Patent Office of Ukraine. If required, this procedure can be accelerated by paying a corresponding state fee.
Cost of registering a domain in Ukraine
The cost of registering a domain in Ukraine includes the cost of registering a trademark in Ukraine and registering a domain in the segment .UA.
Cost of registering a trademark in Ukraine
|Description of service||State fee, UAH||Company services, UAH|
|1. Preliminary examination of the trademark||-||400.00|
2. Preparing and submitting a package of application documentation for a trademark:
Additionally for each class of goods/services more than one
Additionally for a trademark in colour
|3. Accelerated trademark registration in Ukraine*||min 5,100||400|
|4. Preparing and submitting an objection to the preliminary decision of the Patent Office on rejecting registration||-||1,500|
|5. Granting a trademark certificate||85||500|
6. Publication on issuance of a trademark certificate for each class of goods/services
Additionally for publishing in colour
*- the state fee for accelerated application examination depends on the number of classes and kind of applied designation (word/letter, image or their combination). Hence, at the stage of submitting a trademark for registration, the Inventa company experts develop a strategy for trademark registration and determine its cost.
The tentative terms of trademark registration in Ukraine:
- standard registration term (without acceleration) – 12-15 months;
- trademark registration with accelerated application examination by the Patent Office of Ukraine – 5-6 months.
Cost of domain registration in the segment .UA
|Description of service||LLC Hostmaster services, UAH||Company services, UAH|
|1. Preparing and submitting documents for registering a domain in the segment .UA||1,200||500|
|2. Extending the term of domain name registration in the segment .UA||600||250|
Tentative term of registering a domain in segment .UA: 2 days.
(an accelerated procedure of registering a domain in segment .UA is not available).
Note that, along with including the registered trademark into the domain name, its holder should actually use it in the Ukrainian market for one’s specific goods and/or services indicated in the issued trademark certificate.
The INVENTA company can provide you with the entire range of services for registering a trademark in Ukraine and the domain name in the segment .UA.Print