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Deadlines at the EPO, EUIPO and UKIPO during the COVID-19 Outbreak

March 22, 2020

The EPO and the EUIPO have automatically extended all deadlines due to the coronavirus pandemic; the UKIPO allows case by case discretionary extensions.

The European Patent Office, which is responsible for granting patent protection in Europe, has automatically extended all deadlines falling on or after 15th March 2020 to 17th April 2020. All examination, opposition and appeal oral proceedings scheduled to take place over this period are also cancelled, unless already confirmed to take place by video conferencing.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), which is responsible for granting registered trade mark and registered design protection in the EU, has automatically extended all deadlines which fall between 9th March 2020 and 30th April 2020 (both dates inclusive) to 1st May 2020.

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO), which is responsible for granting patents, registered trade marks and registered designs in the UK, has indicated that it is willing to exercise its discretionary power to extend deadlines on a case-by-case basis.