Special regulations on procedural time limits of international trade mark and patent offices due to COVID 19

26. March 2020

Many international IP offices like the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), the EUIPO, the WIPO or the respective foreign national IP offices are extending automatically ongoing procedural time limits in light of the shutdown caused by the Coronavirus crisis, but the length of the extension differs depending on the office.

For example, the DPMA and the EUIPO are extending procedural time limits until 4 May 2020. However, statutory limits such as opposition deadlines or the renewal of property rights are excluded from this extension.

You can find information (in German) on the individual offices « here The complete list can be found

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