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IP office notices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced IP offices around the world to adapt their practices in response to the situation.

AIPPI has compiled the following list and will update it regularly. If you would like to add your country’s response, please send it to publications@aippi.org.

 

INTERNATIONAL:

WIPO: https://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2020/article_0004.html

WIPO Notice for the Madrid Systemhttps://www.wipo.int/madrid/en/news/2020/news_0007.html

WIPO Change in PCT Practice: https://www.wipo.int/pct/en/news/2020/news_0008.html

 

EUROPE:

EPO: https://www.epo.org/news-issues/covid-19.html

EUIPO: https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/news/-/action/view/5644698

Austrian Patent Office: https://www.patentamt.at/en/all-news/news-detail/artikel/wichtige-information-fuer-unsere-kun/

BOIP (Benelux Office for Intellectual Property): https://www.boip.int/en/document/compliance-with-deadlines-during-period-of-public-health-restrictions-caused-by-corona

Dutch Patent Office: https://mijnoctrooi.rvo.nl/fo-eregister-view/?locale=en

Dutch courts (in Dutch only): https://www.rechtspraak.nl/Organisatie-en-contact/Organisatie/Raad-voor-de-rechtspraak/Nieuws/Paginas/laatste-informatie-mbt-uitbraak-coronavirus.aspx

 

NORTH AMERICA:

CIPO: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/cipointernet-internetopic.nsf/eng/wr00050.html

USPTO: https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/coronavirus_relief_ognotice_03162020.pdf

USPTO Patent Timing: https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Patents%20CARES%20Act.pdf

USPTO Trademark Timing: https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/TM-Notice-CARES-Act.pdf

 

ASIA-PACIFIC:

IP Australia: https://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/about-us/news-and-community/news/business-continuity-and-coronavirus-disease-covid-19-outbreak

CNIPA: http://english.cnipa.gov.cn/news/officialinformation/1145981.htm

Indian Patent Office: http://www.ipindia.nic.in/writereaddata/Portal/News/668_1_PUBLIC_NOTICE.pdf

Israel Patent Office (in English): https://www.justice.gov.il/units/rashamhaptentim/news/corona/documents/public%20announcement%20regarding%20ilpo%20operation.pdf

(in Hebrew): https://www.justice.gov.il/Units/RashamHaptentim/legalinfo/notice/notice_of_operation_until_end_passover.pdf

 

AFRICA:

South Africahttp://www.cipc.co.za/files/2415/8504/9340/NOTICE_IP_COVID_MRCH_20.pdf