OVERVIEW: Measures taken by patent and trademark offices

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

EUIPO

  • Operating as normal
  • All staff is working from home as of 16 March 2020.
  • No physical meeting from 3 March and until further notice.
  • All time limits (incl. statutory deadlines) expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 are extended until 4 May 2020.

EPO

  • Operating as normal
  • Most of the staff is working from home
  • No physical meetings with a capacity exceeding 50 people from 13 March until further notice.
  • Oral proceedings before the Board of Appeal are put on hold until 27 March 2020
  • Until further notice, all oral proceedings in examination and opposition proceedings scheduled until 27 March 2020 are postponed unless they have already been confirmed to take place by means of videoconference. During this time the EPO will explore options for further facilitating, where applicable, the use of videoconferencing in oral proceedings.
  • Deadlines may be extended due to dislocation of mail etc. See link to stay updated on this.

WIPO

  • Operating as normal
  • No physical meeting from 16 March 2020 until further notice
  • No decision regarding extension of deadlines has been made
  • Remedies are available in case of failure to meet a time limit (Rule 5 of The Common Regulations) – find a link to The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Design at the bottom of this page.

Patentstyret (Norway)
  • Operating as normal
  • Staff is working from home
  • No physical meetings from 13 March 2020 until further notice
  • 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
  • Staff is working from home
  • No physical meetings from 13 March until 27 March 2020
  • No decisions regarding extension of deadlines has been made

Latest update: 19/03/2020

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