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THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS NEWS FROM IP OFFICES WORLDWIDE
Updated on:16.02.2021
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OfficeOfficeLinks to Dedicated Coronavirus NewsCommentIs Videoconference Possible
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Special Covid-19 Hotline
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Office Closed To In-Person Visits
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Extensions Given?
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AEIndustrial Property DirectorateThe TMO is functioning normally as all functions including hearing session are undertaken online or by email and necessary documents are submitted by email/upload. No extension of deadlines announced yet. Actions requiring legalized documents can be filed without necessary documents which can be submitted later. NO; by written submissions via emailAll undertaken online by uploading on portalNANOAll deadlines in the UAE IP offices must be adhered to and no extenstions are given.29.01.2021Ashin Chungathinfo@jahcoip.com
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ALGeneral Directorate of Industrial PropertyThe PTO has resumed normal operations.Only in special cases and circumstances.No.No.Nono.06.11.2020Melina Nikamelina.nika@petosevic.com
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ARNational Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)NoYES, but as of April 22, 2020 the Argentine PTO will allow provide for in-person interviews, upon prior request (where the object of the interview must be set forth).All terms suspended from March 13, 2020 up to June 28, 2020. Terms will start running again on June 29, 2020, unless a new extension is ordered. The time span during which terms were suspended must be added to the date terms start running again. 12.08.2020Iván PoliIPOLI@marval.com
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ATAustrian Patent Officehttps://www.patentamt.at/en/all-news/news-detail/artikel/wichtige-information-fuer-unsere-kun/01.12.2020Daniel Alge
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AUIP Australiahttps://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/about-us/news-and-community/news/business-continuity-and-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-outbreak.No general extension of deadlines is provided. However users impacted by COVID-19 can request extensions of time based on "circumstances beyond the control of the person concerned". Extensions of time of up to three months will be made available free of charge up to 31 March 2021, using a streamlined process and a click a box declaration that does not need to be signed. These extensions are not available for renewal payments outside the grace period, or for patent term extensions (PTE). Accordingly it will be necessary to apply for extensions of time in the usual way for renewals and PTEs. Fees are payable in respect of such extensions, and requests must be supported by evidence in the form of declarations. IP Australia acknowleges the impact of COVID-19 on business and indivuals and has indicated that they will consider requests on a case by case basis. It is important to note that no extensions can be provided for paying trade mark renewal fees due to a specific exclusion in the legislation. IP Australia has announced that these streamlined extensions will not be available after 31 March 2021, although extensions of time based on "circumstances beyond the control of the person concerned" may still be requested using regular extension of time provisions after this date.YES (the Commissioner has the power to decide how each hearing will be conducted, including by videoconference, telephone or written submissions)YESUpon request with supporting evidence. However, extensions of time based on COVID-19 impact for up to three months are available free of charge, using a streamlined process and a click a box declaration that does not need to be signed, up to 31 March 2021. Not available for renewal payments or PTEs.  More than one three month extension can be obtained if necessary. IP Australia has announced that these streamlined extensions will not be available after 31 March 2021, although extensions of time based on "circumstances beyond the control of the person concerned" may still be requested using regular extension of time provisions aftre this date.11.03.2021Michael Cainemcaine@davies.com.au
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BAInstitute for Intellectual Propertyhttp://www.ipr.gov.ba/en/novost/10148/important-notice-of-office-hours-and-work-with-clients-at-the-institute-from-may-11-Short office hours are applied at the headquarters of the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia & Herzegovina in Mostar, as well as in the branch offices in Sarajevo and Banja Luka. Office hours of the Institute from Monday, May 11 are from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on week days. Work with clients at the head office of the Institute in Mostar and the branch office of the Institute in Banja Luka is done by appointment and telephone agreement on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and at the branch office of the Institute in Sarajevo, in order to collect mail, work with clients is done every working day from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.Oral hearings are never performed before the IPO. According to Law on Administrative Proceedings, they are an option if necessary, but the IPO has never used it.e-mail; working on e-submission platform
no Not fully. We still may see the examiners on working days between 10 and 11 am.
No.06.11.2020Tarik Prolaztarik.prolaz@petosevic.com
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BENELUXBenelux Office for Intellectual Propertyhttps://www.boip.int/en/entrepreneurs/news/boip-takes-measures-to-combat-coronavirusResumed regular operations on May 25, 2020, but the measures taken by the Benelux IPO that were imposed in March 2020 got back in force on July 23, 2020, until further notice. Currently it is possible to visit the office by appointment only. BOIP’s online services are operating as usual and the Information Centre is available during office hours to answer questions by e-mail and phone. To deliver legal documents, bailiffs may make an appointment with one of their lawyers by sending a written request to legal@boip.int. Since most of BOIP’s staff works remotely without major interruptions, there are no waivers concerning deadlines.yesOnline services and email
info@boip.int
Questions can be emailed to info@boip.int; also email telephone number with the request to call you back.No, but visits by appointment only.Not at the moment.20.11.2020Anamarija Stancic Petrovicanamarija.stancic@petosevic.com
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BHIndustrial Property DirectorateThe TMO is functioning normally. No extension of deadlines announced as all necessary documents are submitted online.NOONLINE PORTALNONo extension of deadlines announced as all necessary documents are submitted online.29.01.2021Ashin Chungathinfo@jahcoip.com
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BRNational Institute of Industrial Property (INPI)https://www.gov.br/inpi/pt-br/central-de-conteudo/ultimas-noticias/teletrabalho-temporario-e-prorrogado-ate-16-de-agostoINPI's ordinance 120 provides that all deadlines are suspended between March 16 and April 14, 2020. The period of suspension was extended to MAY 31, 2020 according to ordinance 178 of May 11, 2020. Although not fully clear at the beggining, the flow of the time limits was suspended during that period, meaning that the original deadlines falling during that period are extended by adding to MAY 31, 2020 the number of days between March 16, 2020 and the original deadline (e.g., if the original deadline was March 18, the extended deadline will be June 2nd). Nevertheless, whenever possible it is still advisable to comply with the original deadlines. On MAY 26, 2020, INPI published a communication to the effect that counting of time limits would resume to normality on JUNE 1, 2020, and no additional relief was put in place. On August 03, the INPI´s published in the Industrial Property Journal, that the INPI’s employees will continue in home office.There is no formal regulation in this respect.Online filingNoYES (since March 16)A table with the new time limits was published by INPI (Portuguese): https://www.gov.br/inpi/pt-br/servicos/covid-19-contagem-de-prazos/tabela-de-recontagem-de-prazos 11.11.2020Gabriel Di BlasiGabriel.Diblasi@diblasi.com.br
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BYNational Center of Intellectual Propertyhttps://www.ncip.by/en/o-centre/novosti/attention/Since March 25, 2020, the reception of visitors by the consultation center has been temporarily suspended. Consultations on industrial property protection are held by telephone +375 (17) 272 52 99 daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (lunch break from 1.00 p.m. to 1.45 p.m.), except Saturday and Sunday.
yesa drop-off box available outside the PTO premisesnoYES since March 25, 2020No.06.11.2020Daria Dunaidaria.dunai@petosevic.com
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CACanadian Intellectual Property Officehttps://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/wr00050.htmlThis statement replaces an earlier one identifying the date of August 7, 2020.This extensions is due to a planned system maintenance that was scheduled for the weekend prior to the previous end (August 24, 2020) to the designated days. Any deadline falling between March 16 and August 28, 2020 will be designated under the Patent Act, Trademarks Act and Industrial Design Act as a day where any time period ending on one of those dates is extended to the next day. This means that, effectively, any deadlines for Canadian applications falling within that period are extended to August 31, 2020. YES (since March 17)All dates set by the Office (e.g., the deadline to respond to an Office Action) falling between March 16, 2020 and ending on August 28 2020, are extended. As August 28th is a Friday, this automatically extends the due date to the next business day, namely Monday August 31, 2020April 9, 2021Philip Mendes da Costapmdcosta@bereskinparr.com
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CHIGE | IPIhttps://www.ige.ch/en/services/newsroom/coronavirus-news.htmlThe majority of time limits for procedures before the IPI were suspended from 21 March until 19 April 2020.
No (filing by email already in place: info@ipi.ch)No (available by telephone +41 31 377 77 77, Mon. – Fri., 8am to 12pm and 1pm to 5pm)
As of 2 November 2020:
Visits to the IPI are by appointment only.
IP rights procedures
In the current situation, it can be a challenge for applicants and rights holders to observe a time limit. In view of this, the IGE would like to draw your attention to the fact that you can have a time limit, which has been set by the IPI, extended up to three times. If you have missed a time limit, you can also request further processing in certain cases. You can find out more about this in IGE's leaflet Information on extending time limits and further processing.

Please note that the IGE can only grant a third time limit extension in exceptional cases. In opposition and cancellation proceedings concerning trade marks, the consent of the other party is also required. The rule under section 5.5.3.2 of the Trade Mark Guidelines (available in German, French and Italian) remains reserved.

If you are affected by health policy measures such as a lockdown at your place of business or residence, you can request a longer period for the first extension. In this case, provided that the reasons given justify a longer time limit, the IGE can grant you an initial extension of up to four months, and in opposition and cancellation proceedings concerning a trade mark, an extension of up to two months. The second and third time limit extensions remain unchanged.
10.02.2021Dany Vogelvogel@rentschpartner.ch
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CNChina National Intellectual Property Administrationhttp://english.cnipa.gov.cn/news/officialinformation/1146071.htmThis is in English regarding Next Steps for Controlling COVID-19 Epidemic and Supportive Measures for Enterprises to Resume Workyes (recently, the Trademark Office of CNIPA even made some of their online oral hearings lively broadcast)re-opened already; now working normal for in-person visitsyes (patent: Where a party misses the time limit provided in the Chinese Patent Law and its Implementing Regulations or the time limit specified by the CNIPA due to epidemic-related reasons, resulting in the loss of his/its rights, the party concerned may request, free of charge, for the restoration of the right within 2 months from the date of removal of the impediment and at the latest within 2 years from the date of expiry of the time limit. TM: Where a party misses the time limit provided by the Chinese Trademark Law and its Implementing Regulations or the time limit specified by the CNIPA due to epidemic-related reasons, which prevents him/it from handling relevant trademark matters properly, the relevant time limit shall be suspended from the commence date of the impediment, and shall be resumed from the date when such impediment is removed. If the trademark right is lost due to missing of the time limit caused by epidemic-related reasons, a written request of restoring the right can be submitted within 2 months from the date when the impediment is removed.10.11.2020Lena Shenlenashen@sanyouip.com
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CNChina National Intellectual Property Administrationhttp://www.cnipa.gov.cn/zfgg/1145684.htmThis is in Chinese and is the statement of rules of time limit extension and restorationdittodittoditto10.11.2020Lena Shenlenashen@sanyouip.com
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CNChina National Intellectual Property Administrationhttp://english.cnipa.gov.cn/news/officialinformation/1145981.htmThis is in English but without detailed information of the extension rules. title of the report: Matters Concerning the Time Limits for Trademark Business Handling Due to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreakdittodittoditto10.11.2020Lena Shenlenashen@sanyouip.com
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CNChina National Intellectual Property Administrationhttp://www.cnipa.gov.cn/gztz/1147036.htmThe relief measures published by CNIPA apply to applicants from all over the worlddittodittoditto10.11.2020Lena Shenlenashen@sanyouip.com
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DEDeutsche Patent- und Markenamthttps://www.dpma.de/english/our_office/publications/news/corona/index.htmlAnnual fees for patents, maintenance fees for utility models and maintenance and extension fees for registered designs

After the expiry of the time limit for payment not subject to a surcharge for late payment (until the expiry of the second month following the due date), you can pay annual fees for patents and patent applications, maintenance fees for utility models and maintenance fees for registered designs together with a surcharge for late payment of 50 euros per IP right within a grace period of four months, i.e. until the expiry of the sixth month following the due date at the latest (section 7 (1) sentences 1 and 2 of the Patent Costs Act).

The extension fee for registered designs must be paid within 30 months from the date of filing or priority (section 7 (2) of the Patent Costs Act, section 21 (2) of the Design Act). Please note that the DPMA cannot extend time limits specified by law (including the statutory time limits for payment). However, the DPMA draws attention to the option of a re-establishment of rights (see Notice of 10 March 2020). If, in view of your financial situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not able to pay your annual, maintenance or extension fees, you can, under certain conditions, submit a request for legal aid (sections 129 et seq. of the Patent Act; section 21 (2) of the Utility Model Act in conjunction with sections 129 et seq. of the Patent Act; section 24 sentence 1 and sentence 3 of the Design Act in conjunction with sections 114 to 116 of the Code of Civil Procedure). This also applies if you can pay your fees only in part or by instalments. You must demonstrate, and may be required to substantiate, that the requirements for legal aid (especially your personal and financial situation) are fulfilled by using form A9541.

If you submit a request for the grant of legal aid before the expiry of the time limit for the payment of a fee, the expiry of such time limit will be suspended (section 134 of the Patent Act; section 21 (2) of the Utility Model Act in conjunction with section 134 of the Patent Act; section 24 sentence 4 of the Design Act in conjunction with section 134 of the Patent Act). If the request for legal aid is rejected, the time limit applies again one month after the receipt of the relevant decision. Information on legal aid is available in the "Information on Legal Aid Before the German Patent and Trade Mark Office" (Merkblatt über Verfahrenskostenhilfe vor dem Deutschen Patent- und Markenamt (A 9540)) .

Information on the reduction of your annual fees by making a binding declaration of your willingness to grant licences concerning your patent or your patent application pursuant to section 23 (1) and (6) of the Patent Act is available in the "Information for Patent Applicants" (p. 13, item 3.).

Renewal fees for trade marks

After the expiry of the time limit for payment not subject to a surcharge for late payment, you can pay the renewal fee and any class fees for trade marks within a grace period of six months after the expiry of the term of protection (section 7 (3) sentences 1 and 2 of the Patent Costs Act). The surcharge for late payment is 50 euros for the basic fee and 50 euros for the class fees for the fourth class and each additional class. If, in view of your financial situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you are not able without any fault on your part to pay renewal fees for trade marks within the grace period, a later payment, together with a re-establishment of rights, is possible if the following requirements are fulfilled: When your financial situation permits it, you must pay the renewal fee plus the surcharge for late payment and file a request for re-establishment of rights within two months (section 91 (2) and (3) sentence 1 of the Trade Mark Act). Upon filing the request or in the proceedings concerning the request, you must substantiate that, without any fault on your part, you were not able to observe the grace period (section 91 (3) sentence 2 of the Trade Mark Act). In the case of financial difficulties caused by the pandemic, you must demonstrate that you got into financial difficulties due to measures taken in view of the COVID-19 pandemic (e.g. long closing of your business ordered by the authorities, considerably reduced turnover/sales) and that, despite your efforts to receive financial support (e.g. request for state aid), you were not able to pay the renewal fee within the grace period of six months. It is necessary that you disclose your financial situation to the DPMA. For the purposes of substantiation, the DPMA can request different documents and affirmations in lieu of an oath.

A re-establishment of rights is possible only if your request has been filed and the renewal fee and the surcharge for late payment have been paid within one year after the expiry of the time limit not observed (section 91 (5) of the Trade Mark Act).

In view of the rising number of corona cases, as from now, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) does not schedule hearings or oral proceedings in IP procedures, hearings before the Arbitration Board under the Employee Inventions Act or hearings before the Arbitration Board under the Act on Collective Management Organisations at the DPMA. Hearings and oral proceedings to which summons have already been sent will take place if all parties involved agree.
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Everybody must cover their mouth and nose in all public areas of the DPMA’s Munich office. Visitors allowed in exceptional cases to access the office are also required to wear a mask. As a rule, the DPMA remains closed for the public.
For deadlines set by the office: May 4, 2020, up to now no further extensions16.03.2021Uwe Borchertmuenchen@patcare.eu
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DKDanish Patent and Trademark Officehttps://www.dkpto.org/covid-19-information/Limited working hours as of March 22, 2020. A grace period of one month will be granted once business is back to usual. IP transactions are available but for limited cases. General lockdown till 30 May and Courts are still closed.NONONO 22.05.2020
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DZAlgerian National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI)The PTO is functioning normally NONo29.01.2021Ashin Chungathinfo@jahcoip.com
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EAEurasian Patent Organizationhttps://www.eapo.org/ru/info/20200520.htmlThe Eurasian Patent Office resumes from May 25, 2020, the acceptance and issuance of correspondence on paper in the restricted access mode, introduced in connection with the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection. Reception and delivery of correspondence is carried out from Monday to Friday from 10-00 to 12-00. The originals of the documents sent to the EAPO from March 28 to May 24, 2020 by e-mail or uploaded to the EAPO FTP server must be submitted directly to the EAPO or sent by post within one month, starting May 25, 2020.No
For documents having smaller than 10 Mb volume e-mail address is info@eapo.org
For the documents bigger than 10 Mb please use ftp://ftp.eapo.org
User name paper4ea
Login P@peR
7 (495) 628 26 96 YesSee comments15.11.2020Vladimir Rybakovrybakov@ars-patent.com
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EGEgyptian Patent OfficeIP Office is fully operational NOThe Trademark and Patent Offices are accepting scanned documents and simply signed copies of POAs along with an email from the client or/attorney proving The difficulty of legalizing the required POAs. (Original documents should be submitted whenever possible)NoNO29.01.2021Ashin Chungathinfo@jahcoip.com
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EMEU Intellectual Property Officehttps://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/covid-19-informationAll time limits and procedural deadlines had been extended ex officio to May 1, 2020. With a new decision issued on April 29, 2020, all deadlines expiring between March 9 and May 17, 2020, have been extended to May 18, 2020. The extension period ends on May 18, 2020. On May 15, 2020 the Office issued a new Guidance Note, giving detailed guidance to users on the extension of time limits in ex parte and in parte proceedings, the suspension of proceedings, the continuation of proceedings and restitution in integrum.N/AYES, since March 16, 2020.Yes. All deadlines lapsing during the confinement period have been extended to May 18, 2020. The exceptional extension given in connection with Covid-19 ends on May 18, 2020 and the Office issued on May 15, 2020 a detailed Guidance Note on the resuming of the Office's activity and options for users.15.05.2020Eleni Kokkiniek@pptlegal.gr
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EPEuropean Patent Officehttps://www.epo.org/news-issues/covid-19.htmlAll time limits expiring on or after 15 March 2020 are extended until 2 June 2020. As regards time limits expiring before 15 March 2020, the EPO has facilitated the use of legal remedies for users located in areas directly affected by disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Oral proceedings for opposition cases are possible only by videoconference in 2020.YES (compulsory for examinations, voluntary for oppositions and appeals)No, electronic filing and Mailbox for receiving communications are always availableNoYES but it is still possible to visit the Haar building to attend oral proceedings for appeal cases02/06/2020 for all cases but 31/08/2020 for paying annuities03.11.2020Antonio Pizzoliantonio.pizzoli@ficpi.org
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ESSpanish Patent and Trademark Officehttps://www.oepm.es/es/sobre_oepm/noticias/2020/2020_05_29_1junio2020ReanudaPlazosAdminisAnteOEPM.htmlAs a general rule, all administrative deadlines are suspended and the calculation of expiration dates is interrupted from March 14 to 31 May 2020. As it is possible to continue using the OEPM's electronic services, if an interested party carries out any procedure (i.e. validation, filing of an application, response to official action, etc.) it will automatically be understood that they are giving their consent for the procedure to continue (and therefore waiving the general extension of deadlines). The deadlines that were already "alive" before the Royal Decree came into force are interrupted and will continue to be counted from 1 June 2020. The deadlines that "come into existence" during the alarm period will start to be counted from 1 June 2020. The deadlines for lodging any appeal will be resumed on 1 June 2020 and will in all cases expire on 1 July 2020.
NOYESSuspension from 14 March 2020 to 31 May 2020 (appeals excluded)04.06.2020Aurelio Hernandez-Lehmannahlehmann@lehmann-fernandez.com
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EUCJEuropean Court of Justicehttps://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/P_97552/en/01.12.2020
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FIFinnish Patent and Registration Officehttps://www.prh.fi/en/presentation_and_duties/corona.htmlFIPRO is prepared to carry out our duties as an authority despite the coronavirus outbreak. They aim to process notifications and applications normally. The staff is telecommuting.

Extensions are available on some due dates (see Extensions Given).
YES (oral hearings in opposition proceedings only as a ViCo)No, documents may be filed online as ususalCustomer service in Helsinki closed from 1 December to 30 April 2021Deadlines for patents and utility models:
At the request of the applicant, the deadlines for responding to an office action or for filing statements can be extended for the reason of the coronavirus. The request, together with a statement of reasons, must be filed before the deadline the request concerns expires.
If the deadline is laid down by law, for instance concerning due dates of annual fees, priority year, or validation of European patents in Finland, the deadline cannot be extended.
Deadlines for trademarks and designs:
Deadlines may in individula cases be extended if the customer cannot act by the deadline due to the coronavirus. An extension fee for each extension request must be paid.
The absolute deadlines for renewing trademarks and design registrations or for submitting oppositions against registered trademarks and registered designs cannot be extended.
09.04.2021Ossi Huhtanenossi.huhtanen@kolster.com
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FRINPIhttps://www.inpi.fr/fr/report-de-delais-lie-la-crise-sanitaire
https://beta.legifrance.gouv.fr/loda/texte_lc/JORFTEXT000041755644/2020-05-15/
The state of health emergency (SHE) was declared on March 23 and included an order extending administrative deadlines and computing the extensions from the end of the SHE. Although the SHE will end on July 10, a new order published on May 15, sets June 23 as the starting point for computing the extension. The extension does not apply to the deadline for paying the filing fee, or to deadlines set by law such as the priority term or the term for filing a SPC.Noweb portal eproceduresdealines set by the office and expiring between March 12 and June 23, 2020 shall expire on July23 (if the intial term for responding was 1 month) or August 23 (if the initial term was 2 months or more, or for renewal fees). 15.05.2020Didier Intesdintes@bdl-ip.com
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GBIntellectual Property Officehttps://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-important-update-on-ipo-servicesThe UKIPO have declared 24 March 2020 until 29 July 2020 as interrupted days - this means any deadlines for patents, SPCs, trade marks and designs which fall on an interupted day will be extended until 30 July 2020. Fees for extensions were eliminated/reduced for the period 30 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 - these will end on 31 March 2021.Yes (for hearings)
See linked page for additional routes (including email to replace fax)
N/a24 March 2020For deadlines set by the office: 30 July 202004.03.2021Robert Watsonrobert.watson@mewburn.com
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GRGreek Trademark Officehttp://www.mindev.gov.gr/emporika-simata/The TM Office is operating as normal.NoOffice is open to In-Person Visits by appointmentno more after 12 June 202030.11.2020Constantinos Kilimirisckilimiris@patrinoskilimiris.com
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GRGreek Patent Office
http://www.obi.gr/en/news/suspension-of-deadlines-to-obi-pursuant-to-par-5-of-article-38-of-20-03-2020-legislative-act/
The Patent Office is operating as normal.NoOffice is open to In-Person Visits by appointmentno more after 12 June 202030.11.2020Constantinos Kilimirisckilimiris@patrinoskilimiris.com
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HKIntellectual Property Departmenthttps://www.ipd.gov.hk/eng/whats_new/news.htmWith effect from 18 February (Thurs), the services of the Patents, Designs and Trade Marks Registries (Registries) will resume as normal. The details are set out below:
Registries’ Services Available days and hours
Online search 24 hours/day
E-filing* 24 hours/day
Publication of patent, design and trade mark cases in Hong Kong Intellectual Property Journal (Every Fri)(excluding non-business day)
Public Service Counter on 24/F Wu Chung House 0900 – 1745 hours (Mon to Fri)
Enquiry Hotline at 2961 6901 / 2961 6820 0900 – 1745 hours (Mon to Fri)
Noe-filing- Enquiry Hotline at 2961 6901/2961 6820(0900 – 1745 hours 7-8 Jan, Thu – Fri; and
11-15 Jan Mon-Fri; 18-20 Jan Mon-Wed)
Public Service Counter on 24/F Wu Chung House 0900 – 1745 hours
(Mon to Fri)The Department encourages members of the public to access the services of the Registries through our E-filing System.* Documents can also be sent to the Registries on 24/F Wu Chung House by post.
Parties to the proceedings before the Registrars of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks are encouraged to resolve their disputes by alternative modes including disposal on paper or remote hearings as far as possible.
no more after 18 Feb 202116.02.2021Susan Chischi@hnc-inno.com
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HUHungarian Intellectual Property Officehttps://www.sztnh.gov.hu/en/news/sztnh-hirek/hirek-esemenyek/emergency-measure-taken-at-hipo-due-to-the-coronavirus e-filing availableFax: +36 (1) 474 5534 Tel.: +36 (1) 312 44000900 – 1745 hoursDeadlines for correcting irregularities or submitting comments / responses that fall on on March 31, 2020 or afterwards are automatically extended until June 2, 2020; deadlines defined by the Hungarian industrial property acts cannot be extended.08.05.2020Balazs Csanyibalazs.csanyi@petosevic.com
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IDIndonesian IP Officenot available* Manual counter is still closed until unspecified timeNOVirtual counter(2 – 4 December, Wed – Fri;08.06.2020Rohaldy Mulukrohaldy.muluk@chapterone-ip.com
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IDIndonesia IP Officenot avilable* Starting from 5 June 2020, limited number of IP Office civil servants will work from office, some of them sitll work from home NOe-Filing7 – 11 December, Mon – Fri; andTill 4 June 202004.06.2020Rohaldy Mulukrohaldy.muluk@chapterone-ip.com
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IDIndonesia IP Officenot available* Closing time period of Indonesian IP Office is extend till 4 June 2020 * Late filing time dispensation for any kind of application documents with due date within 23 March till 4 June 2020. * Virtual counter services for patent and industrial design post filing matters.NOe-Filing14 – 15 December, Mon – Tues)Till 4 June 202030.05.2020Rohaldy Mulukrohaldy.muluk@chapterone-ip.com
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IDIndonesia IP Officehttps://dgip.go.id/info-terbaru* Closing time period of manual counter is extended till 29 May 2020. * Late filing time dispensation for any kind of application documents with due date within 23 March till 29 May 2020. * All IP applications still can be filed online. * Activated a temporary virtual counter to serve patent post filing matters and industrial design post filing matters started from 14 May 2020 NOe-Filing23 March 2020Till 29 May 202014.05.2020Rohaldy Mulukrohaldy.muluk@chapterone-ip.com
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IDIndonesia IP Officenot availableSince all mark services, including post filing services, can be performed through the mark online service, when a mark renewal time period ends within 23 March - 13 May 2020, the applicant still can request a time dispensation to the Director of Mark and Geographical Indication addressed to its administration office email.NOe-Filing23 March 202002.05.2020Rohaldy Mulukrohaldy.muluk@chapterone-ip.com
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IDIndonesia IP Officenot availableSince all mark services can be performed through the mark online service, a time dispensation of a late filing to complete the mark application documents will not be valid on 13 May 2020 anymore.NOe-Filing23 March 202002.05.2020Rohaldy Mulukrohaldy.muluk@chapterone-ip.com
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IDIndonesia IP Officenot availableAn extension of partial lockdown of capital special area of Jakarta till 22 May 2020. The closing of service counters of Indonesian IP Office (DGIP) and working from home for DGIP officers will most probably be adjusted to this extension.NO23 March 2020Most probably at least till 22 May 202022.04.2020Rohaldy Mulukrohaldy.muluk@chapterone-ip.com
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IDIndonesia IP Officenot yet availableExtension of closing of service counters till 13 May 2020; DGIP personnel are still working from home till the date; Extension of delay dispensation in completing any forms of application documents which have a due date between 23 March – 13 May 2020; Temporary closing of Call Centre 152; Some menus are added to online filing systems in order to overcome manual actions on the manual counters which are still closed. A partial lockdown of capital special area of Jakarta and surrounding areas of Jakarta. NO
23 March 2020Till 13 May 202020.04.2020Rohaldy Mulukrohaldy.muluk@chapterone-ip.com
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IDIndonesia IP Officehttps://dgip.go.id/images/humas/Images/Pengumuman-perpanjangan-penutupan-Loket-Layanan-Kekayaan-Intelektual-revisi.pdf-1.pdfExtension of closing of service counters till 21 April 2020; DGIP personnel are still working from home; Office Actions of patent application are sent by email; Extension of delay dispensation in completing any forms of application documents which have a due date between 23 March – 21 April 2020; Temporary closing of Call Centre 152; A partial lockdown of capital special area of Jakarta was announced from 10 - 23 April 2020. Further partial lockdown of surrounding areas of Jakarta has just begun. Therefore, an extension of partial lockdown of Jakarta as well as an extension of closing of DGIP is expected.NO23 March 2020Till 21 April 202018.04.2020Rohaldy Mulukrohaldy.muluk@chapterone-ip.com
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IDIndonesia IP Officehttps://dgip.go.id/images//humas/Images/Pengumuman-tentang-Loket-Layanan-Kekayaan-Intelektual-Maret.pdfIn order to inhibit the spread of Corona virus (COVID-19) the DGIP (the Indonesian IP Office) has taken steps as follows: Closing the service counters till 31 March 2020; DGIP personnel are working from home; Giving dispensation of delay in completing of application documents which have a due date in March 2020.NO23 March 2020Till 31 March 202018.04.2020Rohaldy Mulukrohaldy.muluk@chapterone-ip.com
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IEIntellectual Property Office of Irelandhttps://ipoi.gov.ie/en/news-events/news-categories-/announcements/office-closure-to-the-public-disruption-arising-from-public-health-concerns-and-covid-19.htmlThe Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI) has issed an updated notice that the IPOI is deemed to be closed for the transaction of business in the days between Friday 13 March and Tuesday 2 June 2020,both days inclusive, which are regarded as "excluded days" in relation to any time limit set by the Irish Legislation and Regulations.NO13 March 2020Until 3 June 202004.09.2020Denis McCarthymccarthyd@maclachlan.ie
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IEIntellectual Property Office of Irelandhttps://www.ipoi.gov.ie/en/news-events/news-categories-/announcements/office-closure-extended-to-2nd-june-2020.htmlThe link gives the current position05.05.2020Denis McCarthymccarthyd@maclachlan.ie
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ILpatent@justice.gov.il
Announcement of 10/05/20 - no English-language version is available Public announcement of 10/05/20 regarding Israel Patent Office returning to its normal operation including specific announcements regarding extensions of timeYESYES. An inability to meet the deadlines set by the ILPO resulting from circumstances relating to the Corona epidemic can likely be considered a "reasonable cause" and/or "circumstances over which the applicant and his representative had no control and which could not be prevented",except for deadlines set in the legislations which cannot be extended.10.05.2020Ena Pugatschenpugatsch@rcip.co.il
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INIndian Patent & Trademark Officehttp://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/News/671_1_Public-Notice_adjounrment_General.pdfExtension of time for filing documents relating to trademarks01.12.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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IN http://www.ipindia.nic.in/http://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/Images/pdf/URGENT_PUBLIC_NOTICE.pdfAdjournment of hearing of Design applications previously scheduled within 15th April, 202001.12.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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INhttp://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/Images/pdf/Public-Notice_adjounrment.pdfAdjournment of hearings related to trademark scheduled between 17/03/2020 to 15/04/202001.12.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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INhttp://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/News/668_1_PUBLIC_NOTICE.pdfNotification from Patent Office with regard to extension of deadline by filing petition under Rule 6(6)01.12.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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INhttp://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/News/690_1_Public_Notice-19_June_2020.pdfNotification to all the stakeholders that the Public Notice dated
18.05.2020 stand withdrawn and timelines/periods for the completion of various acts/proceedings,
filing of any reply/document, payment of fees, etc. falling due after 15.03.2020, shall be the date as
decided/ordered by the Hon’ble Court.
YESNOYES09.06.2020Swarup Kumarswatrup.kumar@ficpi.org
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INhttp://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/Images/pdf/SHOW_CAUSE_HEARING_22052020.pdfShow cause hearings unti May 31, 2020 adjournedNOYESYES28.05.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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INOrders issued by Supreme Court in suo motu cognisance case and High Court of Delhi in IPAA & Anr. v. CGPDTM & Anr on May 21, 2020 The High Court order stayed the notifications dated May 18 and May 21st issued by teh IPO and reiterated the position emphasised by the SC that a period of limitation in all such proceedings, irrespective of the limitation prescribed under the general law or Special Laws whether condonable or not shall stand extended w.e.f. 15th March 2020 till further order/s to be passed by this Court in present proceedings.YES22.05.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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INhttp://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/Images/pdf/Public_Notice_dated_18-5-2020.pdfNotification from the Indian Patent Office regarding extension of IP deadlines falling due between March 15 to May 17, 2020 effectively to June 1, 2020. YESYES19.05.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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INhttp://www.ipindia.nic.in/newsdetail.htm?681Notification from the Indian Patent Office regarding extension of IP deadlines effectively to May 18, 2020.    YESNOYESYES05.05.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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INhttp://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/News/674_1_Public_Notice_for_extended_lockdown.pdfNotification from the Indian Patent Office regarding extension of IP deadlines effectively to May 4, 2020, Also, all hearings adjourned until further notified.    NOYESYES16.04.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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INIntellectual Property Indiahttp://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/Images/pdf/URGENT_PUBLIC_NOTICE_1.pdfAdjournment of hearing of Design applications previously scheduled scheduled on 27/03/2020YESYES13.04.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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INhttp://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/News/673_1_Corrigendum_Public_Notice_25032020.pdfNotification from Patent Office with regard to extension of deadline for all IP matters until next day of opening of the IP Office, i.e. after April 15, 2020NOYESYES13.04.2020Swarup Kumarswarup.kumar@ficpi.org
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IQIndustrial Property DepartmentTMO started partial operations on 27 April 2020 with limited working hours and reduced staff number. All transactions are available.NONO; LimitedNo extension announced yet29.01.2021Ashin Chungathinfo@jahcoip.com
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ITItalian Patent Officehttps://uibm.mise.gov.it/index.php/it/covid-19-determinazione-dell-estensione-del-periodo-utile-per-il-pagamento-dei-titoli-di-proprieta-industriale-in-scadenzaDeadlines suspended from 23 February 2020 to 15 May 2020. Validity of IP rights lapsing between 31 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 extended to 29 October 2020. Different extensions apply to the Board of Appeal.NoNo, documents can always be filed and received via online systemsNoNoSuspension of deadlines from 23 February 2020 to 15 May 2020 (appeals excluded). Validity of IP rights lapsing between 31 January 2020 and 31 July 2020 extended to 29 October 2020. 03.11.2020Antonio Pizzoliantonio.pizzoli@ficpi.org
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JOIndustrial Property Protection DirectorateIn a response to a confirmed COVID 19 case among one of the Staff of Ministry of Trade & Industry on 8/11/2020 , the Minister of Trade & Industry has decided a total closure for all Ministry departments, directorates and sections , among which the TMO from 11/11/2020. TMO staff are to work form home until the office resumed its work on 15/11/2020 . This procedure comes as a precautionary measure to stop any possible spread for corona cases inside the Ministry of Industry & Trade..NoVia portalNOYES;the TMO has issued on 26 May 2020 a circular to all IP agents whereby they have extended the 3 months oppositions for all trademarks, designs and patents which were due for registration during the lockdown as of 18 March. Trademarks bearing the numbers from 165301 to 165640 published on 19 December 2019 are open for oppositions until 28 May 2020. Trademarks bearing the numbers from 165641 to 166062 published on 31 December 2019 are open for oppositions until 8 June 2020. Trademarks bearing the numbers from 166063 to 166427 published on 21 January 2020are open for oppositions until 29 June 2020. Trademarks bearing the numbers from 16648 to 166833 published on 30 January 2020 are open for oppositions until 8 July 2020. Trademarks bearing the numbers from 166834 to 167181 published on 13 February 2020 are open for oppositions until 21 July 2020. Trademarks bearing the numbers from 167182 to 167600 published on 27 February 2020 January are open for oppositions until 4 August 2020. Industrial Designs bearing numbers from 2413 to 2434 published on 31 December 2019 will be open from positions till 8 June 2020. Patents published on 17 February 2020 will be open for oppositions until 25 July 2020.29.01.2021Ashin Chungathinfo@jahcoip.com
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JPJapanese version is here
01.12.2020Katsumori Iseki
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JPJapan Patent Officehttps://www.jpo.go.jp/e/news/koho/saigai/covid19_procedures.htmlOn July 16, 2020 the information regarding the international regisration through Madrid Agrement has been added (only in Japan).

On June 5, 2020 Q&A for PCT applications has been created (only in Japan)

On May 8, 2020 Q&A page has been created (only in Japanese).

On April 24, 2020, JPO has announced that relief measures can be applied without submitting evidence for the procedures failed due to the influence of Coiv-19. (this information is available currently only in Japanese version.)
[[NOTE]] Details are now available in English on April 30, 2020 from the following:
https://www.jpo.go.jp/e/news/koho/saigai/covid19_legitimate_reasons.html

Delays of only having a stamp or signature on evidence for enjoying a grace priod are now acceptable by JPO. In cace the applicant expects some delays in obtaining the stamp or signature, the applicant should firslty submit the evidence without the stamp or signature. (April 17, 2020) (this information is available currently only in Japanese version.) **Since the stamp or signature is no more required, this special treatment is also expired (annouced by JPO on December 16, 2020).
YESYES(10/04/2020)YES19.04.2020Katsumori Iseki
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KEhttps://twitter.com/kipikenya/status/1242038595994648584?s=1901.12.2020
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KRKorean Intellectual Property Officehttps://www.kipo.go.kr/en/BoardApp/UEngBodApp?a=&c=1003&seq=1695&supp_cd=001&board_id=kiponews&cp=1&pg=1&npp=10&catmenu=ek06_01_01&sdate=&edate=&type=&bunryu=&tag_yn=&searchKey=1&searchVal=#_Deadlines extended until May 31. if the designated periods, enumerated in the appendix, ends on a date between April 30, 2020 - May 30, 2020, the deadline of such periods according to Article 15(2) of the Patent Act, Article 3 of the Utility Model Act (Article 15(2) of the Patent Act shall apply mutatis mutandis), Article 17(2) of the Design Protection Act and Article 17(2) of the Trademark Act will be ex-officio extended until May 31,2020. (Deadlines for Final Rejections and Decision for Grant are not extended!)YESOnline filing as normal.NoNo22.09.2020Joseph JiHoon Hongjoseph.hong@invensync.kr
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KWMinistry of Trade and IndustryTMO is functioning normallyNONoNo29.01.2021Ashin Chungathinfo@jahcoip.com
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KZNational Institute of Intellectual Property (Kazpatent)https://kazpatent.kz/sites/default/files//prikaz_po_karantinu_2020.pdfThe state of emergency ended on May 11, 2020, but according to the Order of the Kazpatent's Director, dated Мay 12, 2020, the Kazpatent staff is still working remotely and no visitors are allowed. The PTO accepts applications online and by mail. Searches can be conducted and ordered online and maintenance fees and renewal fees can be paid online; documents are accepted by mail; no official notification about the extension of procedural deadlines.Yes, videoconference is possible with the Board of AppealsOnline services are available and e-mail: kazpatent@kazpatent.kzOnly usual phone numbers: +7 (7172) 621 515; +7 777 983 8583; +7 775 708 5328 March 16, 2020No12.03.2021Aliya Madiyarovaaliya.madiyarova@petosevic.com
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MDTrademarks and Patents Departmenthttp://www.agepi.md/en/news/agepi-announces-special-regime-work-during-state-emergency-declared-republic-moldovaNo01.12.2020
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MKNorth Macedonia State Office of Industrial PropertyUsually one person per department is present (they take shifts). They accept filings by post and filing receipts are received with a delay. Once a week we receive post from the PTO with a couple of decisions or office actions, but the scope of this paperwork is reduced. As of May 27, the PTO is open for filings and receipt of documents each day from 1-2pm. NoNoNoYes, since March 16, 2020, but as of May 27, open for filings and receipt of documents one hour per day.Not at this moment.09.11.2020Zivka Kostovska-Stojkovskazivka.kostovska@petosevic.com
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MXMexican Institute of Industrial Propertyhttp://www.impi.gob.mx/cloud/Documents/AI_EX_2020_07_001.pdfThe MIIP is closed and the deadlines are extended until 13 July 2020NODocuments may be filed onlineYESUntil 13 July 202016.09.2020Mariano Sonísonim@soni.mx
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MYMalaysian Patent Office
http://www.myipo.gov.my/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Notice-Table-MCO-English.jpg
Notification of office closing until end of the Movement Control Order (“MCO”) Period.

Deadlines for manual filings related to Priority Date Claims for Patent, Trademark and Industrial Designs that falls due within the MCO Period are extended to 18th May 2020.

Deadlines for the following are extended to 1st June 2020:
i. Renewal of Patent/Utility Innovation that falls due on 18th March to 31st May 2020;
ii. Trademark renewal due within the period of 27th December 2019 to 31st May 2020;
iii. Renewal deadlines for Patent and Industrial Designs;
iv. Deadline on office’s letter including appeals, oppositions, and payments
No
No. Online filing however remains available for:
i. New filings for Patent and Industrial Designs;
ii. New Trademark applications; and
iii. New PCT application (through WIPO)
NoYes18th May and 1st June 2020, please refer to comments05.05.2020Timothy Siawtimothy@shearndelamore.com
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NLNetherlands Enterprise Agencyhttps://english.rvo.nl/news/coronavirus-consequences-patent-granting-netherlands01.12.2020
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NONorwegian Patent Officehttps://www.patentstyret.no/en/about-us/news/2020/corona-virus--information-from-nipo/Deadlines set by NIPO will be extended upon request if the deadline cannot be met due to the Covid 19 situation.
If an application has become abandoned it can be reinstated in a simple procedure by filing a declaration that the missed deadline was due to the Covid 19 situation.
YESThere are no particular arrangments, but filing can be done also by e-mail post@patentstyret.no or via the electronic platform AltInn.No, just the usual phone number
+47 22 38 73 00
NO2 months from original deadline (must be requested before expiry)
Extensions only apply to deadlines set by NIPO.

Request for reinstatement must be filed within 2 months after becoming aware of the missed deadline.
03.11.2020Arild Toftingat@protector.eu
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NZIntellctual Property Office New Zealandhttps://www.iponz.govt.nz/news/iponz-services-during-covid-19/It is possible to request extensions of time if the ability to respond by a deadline is affected by circumstances related to Covid-19. IPONZ will no longer provide automatic extensions for cases and tasks whose due dates fall after 31 July 2020.

However, IPONZ will still consider requests to extend patent deadlines for COVID-19 related reasons, including where a deadline has already passed. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We recommend that these requests provide full details of the specific circumstances affecting the case, and the extension required.
YesDocuments may be filed online, as usual.No No, although many examiners are now working from homeExtensions may be given on a case by case basis for cases with deadlines falling after 31 July 2020. Extensions may be available for cases where a deadline has already passed. 17.02.2021Britta Fromowbritta.fromow@jamesandwells.com
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OMIntellectual Property Department
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
All operations are possible under this jurisdiction.The agents operating under this jurisdction have been given one day of the week.NONOYESNo29.01.2021Ashin Chungathinfo@jahcoip.com
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PHIntellectual Property Office Philippineshttp://www.ipophil.gov.ph/advisories/Guidelines Services affected by the declaration of National Emergency.01.12.2020
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PTPortuguese Institute of Industrial Propertyhttps://covid19estamoson.gov.pt/Resulting from Law 1-A/2020 all pending deadlines were suspended on 13 March, according to INPI interpretation. INPI has been working remotely already for some time before this present crisis and so all acts could be filed and have been filed despite the suspension. Law 4-A/2020 removed such suspension with effects on April 7th, for acts that must be electronically filed at INPI. As expected Decree-Law 16/2020, of 16 April has officially declared that "all acts will have to be file electronically" at INPI so removing all suspensions after 16 April, according to INPI interpretation. "Online" business as usual for IP in Portugal.NONo special arrangements. Electronic filing at INPI platform is the only means for filing documents. Some comunications from INPI will be sent by e-mail. INPI has a B2B platform and all official communications can be retrieved from the platform.NOYES - 12 March 2020. The counting of deadlines was suspended but such suspension was removed. According to INPI (Portuguese PTMO), this suspension had effects between 13 March and 16 April.16.09.2020João Jorgejoao.jorge@rcf.pt
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QAIntellectual Property Department
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
The PTO is functioning normallyNOUpload Via PortalNOAll original documents can be filed within six months of issuenace of office actions 29.01.2021Ashin Chungath info@jahcoip.com
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RORomanian Patent and Trademark Officehttps://osim.ro/wp-content/uploads/InfoIntPublic/2020/comunicat-informativ-204069-23032020.pdfEmergency state ended 15 May 2020. Now proceedings are as usual. However the PTO functions with reduced staff, thus backlogs in prosecution of the files is expectedNONow it is openend of the emergency state pls. see comments03.11.2020Raluca Vasilescuraluca@oproiu.ro
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RSSerbian IP Officehttp://www.zis.gov.rs/news.370.html?newsId=2429 and http://www.zis.gov.rs/pocetna.281.html?newsId=2464On July 8, 2020 the PTO requested applicants and their attorneys to file applications and submissions electronically or by post (instead of bringing them to the PTO) and to communicate with the PTO by phone or by mail (face to face meetings are currently not possible). Before that, a state of emergency was in place in the period March 15-May 6, 2020, during which all deadlines in administrative and court were suspended. After the state of emergency was lifted, the deadlines in court proceedings resumed. In administrative proceedings, deadlines which fell during the state of emergency will expire on June 5, 2020, i.e. 30 days following the lifting of the state of emergency. No
On July 8, 2020, the PTO made an announcement, requesting the applicants and their attorneys to use electronic filing for their applications and other submissions or to send them by post. Direct filing, at the PTO premisses, is not possible at the moment.
NoAs of July 8, 2020, visits to the PTO are not possible - until further noticeNormal extensions provided by the Law are given. There are no special extensions due to Covid at this moment. During the state of emergency (March 15- May 6, 2020) all deadlines in administrative and court were suspended. After the state of emergency was lifted, the deadlines in court proceedings continued to run. In administrative proceedings, deadlines which fell during the state of emergency were deemed to expire on June 5, 2020, i.e. 30 days following the lifting of the state of emergency. 09.07.2020Gordana Pavlovicgordana@cabinet-pavlovic.com
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RURussian Patent and Trademark Office https://rupto.ru/ru/news/21052020-prekrashchaetsya-priem-zayavok-po-elpochteOn May 21, 2020 RUPTO to stop accepting application and other documentation through e-mail address fips@rupto.ru Videoconference is possible for proceedings in the Patent Dispute Chamber onlyfips@rupto.ru (for Russian patent, utility model, TM and design applications); fips_PCT@rupto.ru (for PCT and Eurasian applications); fips_Madrid@rupto.ru (for Madrid system trademarks applications); fips_Hague@rupto.ru (for Hague system design applications)YesSee comments15.11.2020Vladimir Rybakov rybakov@ars-patent.com
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SESwedish Intellectual Property Officehttps://www.prv.se/en/about-us/information-for-customers-in-regard-of--the-corona-pandemic/Due to the spread of the corona virus, covid-19, and the concern it has created in society, we want to tell you that our patent engineers, trademark and design handlers work as usual with all applications that come to PRV. We also work with our consulting services. PRV wants to help tackle the spread of the virus. Therefore we have chosen to enforce a few restrictions. Our aim is to continue to provide as normal a service as possible and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause the customer.
Because of Covid-19 it is possible to have an extra extension of the time limit for responding to the technical opinion in a patent application.
Upon request you can extend the time limit from two to four months.
Because of the corona pandemic, if anything is incorrect or missing in your application WIPO accepts if you do not respond in time. Authorities within the PCT system are urged not to demand late fees and PRV follows that call.
YesOpen with limited hoursPossible to request additional extension for deadlines, from two to four months.
PCT response deadlines may be extended.
02.11.2020Johan Örtenbladjohan.ortenblad@norens.se
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SGIntellectual Property Office Singaporehttps://www.ipos.gov.sg/Effective 7 April 2020, the IPOS physical office is closed, but the teams will continue to work from home. IPOS e-filing services will continue to operate. All filing deadlines will be extended to 8 May 2020, for those required to respond between 7 April 2020 to 7 May 2020 inclusive. This extended deadline also applies to cases under the Hearings and Mediation Department. 14 April 2020 News: IPOS clarifies that e-filing services will continue to operate. However the following services are suspended until 8 May 2020: (1) receipt of facsimile and manual submissions (2) all correspondence sent by IPOS via post (3) issuance of certified hard copies and certifying doucments (4) Commisisoner for oaths services (5) face to face consultations & e-appointments. 28 April 2020 News: IPOS announces that 7 April to 4 June 2020 are excluded days for any business under the Patents, Trade Marks, Registered Designs, Plant Varieties Protection and Geographical Indications Acts and Rules, where the time for doing the business expires on any day during the period of 7 April to 4 June 2020 and where the business was not done by that day or any day thereafter within that period. 7 April to 4 June 2020 shall also be excluded days for manula anf facismile submission of documents, including hardcopy forms. The following services are suspended until 4 Juene 2020: (1) receipt of facsimile and manual submissions (2) all correspondence sent by IPOS via post (3) issuance of certified hard copies and certifying doucments (4) Commisisoner for oaths services (5) face to face consultations & e-appointments. No7 April 2020Yes. Until 5 June 2020. See comments.28.04.2020Pei Lin Low
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SISlovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO)http://www.uil-sipo.si/uil/urad/o-uradu/novice/novice-repozitorij/clanki/poslovanje-urada-v-casu-ukrepov-proti-siritvi-covid-19/Resumed normal operations as of June 1, 2020, with certain restrictions on PTO visits. PTO is accepting filings electronically (e-filing) or by fax. Work might be slightly slowed down due to the state of epidemic which will last until November 17, 2020, or until further notice.No (there are no oral proceedings at the Slovenian IPO).E-filing or by fax
No special phone, but regular phone and fax number.
Phone number: +386 (0)1 620 31 00
Fax number: +386 (0)1 620 31 11
Certain restrictions on office visits until further notice.
PTO resumed normal operations on June 1, 2020; deadlines that expired during the provisional measures period expired on June 9, 2020 and the deadlines that did not run began to run on June 1, 2020.
06.11.2020Barbara Mencinbarbara.mencin@petosevic.com
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TRTurkish Patent and Trademark Officehttps://www.turkpatent.gov.tr/TURKPATENT/allAnouncement/anouncementDetail?newsId=1251 https://www.turkpatent.gov.tr/TURKPATENT/allAnouncement/anouncementDetail?newsId=1250 Deadlines suspended between March 13, 2020 and June 15, 2020. Parties should also note that the same suspension is in effect in regards to lawsuits filed in relation to decisions by the TPTO.NoNo. Online as usual.No. Office Number +90 312 303 1 303Since March 16, 2020 to an indefinite date. Yes, deadlines suspended between March 13, 2020 and June 15, 2020.09.03.2021Ugur Aktekinaysen.kunt@gun.av.tr
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TWTaiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO)https://www.tipo.gov.tw/en/cp-282-863966-09602-2.htmlOperation without disruptionNoNoSpecified time period
(1) If the applicant delays the specified time period due to the COVID-19 epidemic, remedies are still acceptable before the Taiwan IPO takes any action. If the applicant believes that it is necessary for the original specified time period to be extended due to the epidemic, a letter with documents of proof shall be provided. In principle, the Taiwan IPO will adopt a lenient approach considering each specific case.

(2) When the applicant applies for an extension of the specified time period due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the extension of the specified time period will be based on practical regulations such as the current examination guidelines. If the applicant is still unable to take actions during the specified time period due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the applicant is requested to submit a letter with documents of proof. If this Office considers it necessary, it will in principle extend the specified time period for another month. However, depending on the applicant’s relevant evidence, a further more than one month extension may be granted depending on the specific case.
03.05.2021Jerry Lin ipdept@taie.com.tw
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UAUkrainian Intellectual Property Institute (UKRPATENT)https://ukrpatent.org/en/articles/covid19-notificationMeetings with applicants/representatives cancelled until further notice; documents (including applications) can be filed either electronically, in person, or by mailNoElectronic systems and email office@ukrpatent.orgNot available.YES since March 16, 2020No decision regarding deadline extensions06.11.2020Dina Petosevicdina.petosevic@petosevic.com
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USUnited States Patent and Trade Mark Officehttp://www.uspto.gov/coronavirusGeneral page with links to specific notices.YesOnline filing as normal.Patent Office of Legal Administration 571-272-7704 or 7703 (reexamination); TMPolicy@uspto.gov; Trademark Office of Petitions 571-272-8950; TTABInfo@uspto.gov16 March 2020Papers due between 27 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 may be filed on 1 June 2020 (but see conditions and no extension beyond statutory time period); for PTAB - upon a request to the USPTO affirming that a filing due between, and inclusive of March 27, 2020, and April 30, 2020, was or may be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak , the PTAB shall provide a 30-day extension of time for a patent owner preliminary response in a trial proceeding or any related responsive filings.16.09.2020Sharon Cranesharon.crane@ficpi.org
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USUnited States Patent and Trade Mark Officehttps://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/coronavirus_relief_ognotice_03162020.pdfOriginal Notice in Federal Register 16 March 2020YesOnline filing as normal.Patent Office of Legal Administration 571-272-7704 or 7703 (reexamination); TMPolicy@uspto.gov; Trademark Office of Petitions 571-272-8950; TTABInfo@uspto.govYesPapers due between 27 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 may be filed on 1 June 2020 (but see conditions and no extension beyond statutory time period); for PTAB - upon a request to the USPTO affirming that a filing due between, and inclusive of March 27, 2020, and April 30, 2020, was or may be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak , the PTAB shall provide a 30-day extension of time for a patent owner preliminary response in a trial proceeding or any related responsive filings.16.09.2020Sharon Cranesharon.crane@ficpi.org
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USUnited States Patent and Trade Mark Officehttps://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/uspto-announces-extension-certain-patent-and-trademark-related-timingGeneral page regarding extensions with links to notices.YesOnline filing as normal.Patent Office of Legal Administration 571-272-7704 or 7703 (reexamination); TMPolicy@uspto.gov; Trademark Office of Petitions 571-272-8950; TTABInfo@uspto.gov16 March 2020Papers due between 27 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 may be filed on 1 June 2020 (but see conditions and no extension beyond statutory time period); for PTAB - upon a request to the USPTO affirming that a filing due between, and inclusive of March 27, 2020, and April 30, 2020, was or may be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak , the PTAB shall provide a 30-day extension of time for a patent owner preliminary response in a trial proceeding or any related responsive filings.16.09.2020Sharon Cranesharon.crane@ficpi.org
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USUnited States Patent and Trade Mark Officehttps://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/relief-uspto-customers-affected-covid-19For Patents – Relief for some extensions: USPTO considers the effects of coronavirus to be an "extraordinary situation" within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 and 37 CFR 2.146 for affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners. Therefore, the USPTO is waiving petition fees in certain situations for customers impacted by the coronavirus. This notice does not grant waivers or extensions of dates or requirements set by statute. YesOnline filing as normal.Patent Office of Legal Administration 571-272-7704 or 7703 (reexamination); TMPolicy@uspto.gov; Trademark Office of Petitions 571-272-8950; TTABInfo@uspto.gov16 March 2020Papers due between 27 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 may be filed on 1 June 2020 (but see conditions and no extension beyond statutory time period); for PTAB - upon a request to the USPTO affirming that a filing due between, and inclusive of March 27, 2020, and April 30, 2020, was or may be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak , the PTAB shall provide a 30-day extension of time for a patent owner preliminary response in a trial proceeding or any related responsive filings.16.09.2020Sharon Cranesharon.crane@ficpi.org
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USUnited States Patent and Trade Mark Officehttps://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Patents-Notice-CARES-Act-2020-04.pdf?utm_campaign=subscriptioncenter&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=Detailed Notice regarding patent extensions dated 28 April 2020 - supersedes Notice of 31 March 2020YesOnline filing as normal.Patent Office of Legal Administration 571-272-7704 or 7703 (reexamination); TMPolicy@uspto.gov; Trademark Office of Petitions 571-272-8950; TTABInfo@uspto.gov16 March 2020Papers due between 27 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 may be filed on 1 June 2020 (but see conditions and no extension beyond statutory time period); for PTAB - upon a request to the USPTO affirming that a filing due between, and inclusive of March 27, 2020, and April 30, 2020, was or may be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak , the PTAB shall provide a 30-day extension of time for a patent owner preliminary response in a trial proceeding or any related responsive filings.16.09.2020Sharon Cranesharon.crane@ficpi.org
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USUnited States Patent and Trade Mark Officehttps://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/TM-Notice-CARES-Act-2020-04.pdf?utm_campaign=subscriptioncenter&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=Detailed Notice regarding trademark extensions - supersedes Notice of 31 March 2020.YesOnline filing as normal.Patent Office of Legal Administration 571-272-7704 or 7703 (reexamination); TMPolicy@uspto.gov; Trademark Office of Petitions 571-272-8950; TTABInfo@uspto.gov16 March 2020Papers due between 27 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 may be filed on 1 June 2020 (but see conditions and no extension beyond statutory time period)16.09.2020Sharon Cranesharon.crane@ficpi.org
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USUnited States Patent and Trade Mark Officehttps://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/sb0449.pdf?utm_campaign=subscriptioncenter&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=Form for submitting STATEMENT OF DELAY DUE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAKYesOnline filing as normal.Patent Office of Legal Administration 571-272-7704 or 7703 (reexamination); TMPolicy@uspto.gov; Trademark Office of Petitions 571-272-8950; TTABInfo@uspto.gov16 March 2020Papers due between 27 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 may be filed on 1 June 2020 (but see conditions and no extension beyone statutory time period)16.09.2020Sharon Cranesharon.crane@ficpi.org
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USUnited States Patent and Trade Mark Officehttps://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/COVID-19%20Prioritized%20Examination%20Pilot%20Program%2007May2020.pdfUnder this new pilot program, the USPTO will grant requests for prioritized examination to applicants that qualify for small or micro entity status without payment of the typical fees associated with other prioritized examination. In addition, the USPTO will endeavor to reach final disposition of applications in this program within six months if applicants respond promptly to communications from the USPTO. To qualify for the new program, the claims of an application must cover a product or process that is subject to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use in the prevention and/or treatment of COVID-19.YesOnline filing as normal.Patent Office of Legal Administration 571-272-7704 or 7703 (reexamination); TMPolicy@uspto.gov; Trademark Office of Petitions 571-272-8950; TTABInfo@uspto.gov16 March 2020Papers due between 27 March 2020 and 31 May 2020 may be filed on 1 June 2020 (but see conditions and no extension beyone statutory time period)16.09.2020Sharon Cranesharon.crane@ficpi.org
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USUnited States Patent and Trade Mark Officehttps://www.uspto.gov/initiatives/covid-19-prioritized-examination-pilotThe United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) launched the COVID-19 Response Resource Center to provide stakeholders and other interested parties with improved access to USPTO initiatives, programs, and other helpful intellectual property (IP)-related information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.YesOnline filing as normal.16.09.2020Sharon Cranesharon.crane@ficpi.org
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USUnited States Patent and Trade Mark Officehttps://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/156-efiling-20200529.pdfThe United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak to be an “extraordinary situation” within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183. In accordance with this notice, the USPTO will permit patentees to file initial patent term extension applications that meet certain criteria via EFS-Web or Patent Center.16.09.2020Sharon Cranesharon.crane@ficpi.org