OVERVIEW: COVID-19 measures taken by patent and trademark offices

Below you will find an overview of the measures taken by different patent- and trademark offices due to COVID-19. If you have any questions regarding these, feel free to contact our experts.

EUIPO

  • Open for business
  • No physical meetings
  • Go to euipo’s website for a guidance note: www.euipo.europa.eu

EPO

  • Staff is working remote.
  • All EPO organized live events scheduled up until 31 December 2020 are now expected to take place online, unless indicated otherwise.
  • Oral proceedings in opposition scheduled until 31 December 2020 are postponed until further notice (unless held by video conference).
  • Oral proceedings in examination will continue to be held by videoconference.
  • A limited amount of oral proceedings before the Board of Appeal will be held. Note that some oral proceedings may have to be held in the Isar building in Munich instead of the premises in Haar. Similarly, some oral proceedings which have already been scheduled to take place on the Haar premises will be moved to the Isar building. In this case, parties will not be sent a communication informing them of a change of venue or starting time.
  • If parties cannot attend oral proceedings for which they have been summoned, they have to request a change of date
  • Visit www.epo.org for more information.

WIPO
  • Operating as normal.
  • No physical meetings.
  • No decision regarding extension of deadlines has been made.
Patentstyret (Norway)
  • Operating as normal
  • Staff is working from home
  • No physical meetings
  • Extension of deadlines
    • Upon request, deadlines set by the Office can be extended. However, statutory deadlines such as priority deadlines and payment deadlines cannot be extended.
    • For designs and trademarks, an extension of at least two months will be granted.
    • For patents, a two-month extension will be granted.
    • The Office must have received the request for a deadline extension before the deadline expires.
Danish Patent and Trademark Office

  • Operating as normal, however applications can only be submitted by post.
  • Staff is working from home
  • No physical meetings
  • No decision regarding extension of deadlines has been made.

Latest update: 20/10/2020

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