THE EUIPO AND EPO HAS EXTENDED THE DEADLINES DUE TO COVID-19 !

18 March 2020

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (“EUIPO”) has extended its deadlines until May 1 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe.

In addition to the EUIPO, the European Patent office (“EPO”) has suspended all deadlines until April 17 that was announced on same day as the US Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) announced it was closing all of its offices to the public “until further notice”.

In the USA, it is clarified that patent and trademark application deadlines are not extended and USPTO operations will continue while USPTO office will remain open for employees, contractors and those with badges.

The UK courts have remained largely unaffected, with hearings continuing as planned. Current government advice is for people who have been instructed to self-isolate and are due to attend court to contact the court in question.

You can read the full text of the decision of EUIPO here, and of the notice of EPO here.

Should you have any queries and/or remarks, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Zumbul Attorneys-at-Law

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