COVID-19 preparations and extensions of time at the UKIPO, EPO, and EUIPO, and Barker Brettell special measures to cope

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Barker Brettell

Like many other businesses, we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. The safety of our staff remains paramount and we are fortunate to have systems in place which enable us to continue delivering our services to clients.

Patent Office Extensions of Time/Relaxation of Deadlines

UKIPO – Patents, Designs, and Trademarks

The UKIPO remains open and has indicated that they will consider agreeing extensions of time on an individual case by case and discretionary basis. If you need an extension due to the pandemic disruption please contact us as soon as possible. If you have a deadline that you do not think you can meet please get in touch and we will confirm if it has been extended.

EPO

The EPO has extended all routine official action deadlines which fall on or between 16th March and 16th April, until 17th April 2020. Some deadlines are not extended, such as the deadline for filing a divisional application. If you require more information on your deadlines, please contact us and we will confirm if they have been extended or not.

In the meantime, we will continue to work to current deadlines and manage any additional responses due on 17th April.

EUIPO

The EUIPO has also extended all deadlines that it sets, that are due between 9th March and 30th April, until 1st May 2020. Again, we will continue to work to the normal deadlines and manage any additional responses due on 1st May. If you are in any doubt about deadlines, please contact us and we will confirm whether or not they have been extended.

If you have any questions or need any further clarity please contact your Barker Brettell attorney.