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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

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

 

Albania (in Albanian): http://www.dppm.gov.al/

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

Belarus (in English): https://www.ncip.by/en/o-centre/novosti/attention/(in Belarusian): https://www.ncip.by/o-centre/novosti/vnimani/

Bosnia & Herzegovina (in English): http://www.ipr.gov.ba/en/novost/10148/important-notice-on-the-functioning-of-the-institute-for-intellectual-property-of-bih-under-circumstances-of-the-covid-19-virus-pandemic

Bulgaria (in Bulgarian): http://www.bpo.bg/index.php?searchword=covid&x=0&y=0&option=com_search&Itemid=

Croatia (in Croatian): https://www.dziv.hr/hr/novosti/obavijest-o-radnom-vremenu-i-radu-zavoda-sa-strankama-od-24ozujka-2020,3765.htmlhttps://www.dziv.hr/hr/novosti/vazna-obavijest-covid-19,3763.html

Czech Republic (in English): https://www.upv.cz/en/ipo/current-news/actual/change_office_hours.htmlhttps://www.upv.cz/en/ipo/current-news/actual/time_limits-emergency.html

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

Estonia (in English): https://www.epa.ee/en/news/patent-office-continues-work-emergency-situation

Eurasian Patent Organization: https://www.eapo.org/ru/info/covid2019.html

Georgia (in English): http://www.sakpatenti.gov.ge/en/news_and_events/?type=news

Hungary (in English): https://www.sztnh.gov.hu/enhttps://www.sztnh.gov.hu/sites/default/files/emergency-measures_-customer-service.pdfhttps://www.sztnh.gov.hu/sites/default/files/emergency-measureupdate-16-march-2020.pdf

Ireland IPOI: https://www.ipoi.gov.ie/en/news-events/news-categories-/announcements/office-closure-extended-to-5th-may-2020.html

Kazakhstan (in English): https://kazpatent.kz/en/news/important-informationhttps://kazpatent.kz/en/news/important-information-0

Kyrgyzstan (in Russian): http://patent.kg/ru/category/%d0%bd%d0%be%d0%b2%d0%be%d1%81%d1%82%d0%b8/http://patent.kg/ru/2020/03/23/%d1%83%d1%80%d0%bc%d0%b0%d1%82%d1%82%d1%83%d1%83-%d0%ba%d0%b0%d0%b9%d1%80%d1%8b%d0%bb%d1%83%d1%83%d1%87%d1%83%d0%bb%d0%b0%d1%80/

Latvia (in Latvian): https://www.lrpv.gov.lv/lv/patentu-valde/aktualitates/zinas-no-iestades/tiek-ierobezota-patentu-valdes-klientu-apkalposana

Lithuania (in English): https://vpb.lrv.lt/en/spb-will-continue-its-work-remotelyhttps://vpb.lrv.lt/en/structure-and-contacts-1/important-spb-continues-its-work-remotely

Moldova (several announcements, in English): http://www.agepi.gov.md/en

Montenegro (in Montenegrin): http://www.ziscg.me/novosti/obavjestenje-covid-19

Poland (in Polish): https://www.gov.pl/web/uw-warminsko-mazurski/covid-19https://uprp.gov.pl/pl/aktualnosci/informacje/zamknieta-czytelnia-urzedu-patentowego

Portugal: Information provided by AIPPI Portugal.

Romania (in Romanian): https://osim.ro/wp-content/uploads/Legislatie/Ordin27_21_03_2020.pdfhttps://osim.ro/wp-content/uploads/Legislatie/dispozitie-serviciu-203918-09032020.pdf

(in English, if you scroll down): https://osim.ro/en/home/

Russia (in Russian): https://rupto.ru/ru/news/osobyy-rezhim-raboty-rospatentahttps://rupto.ru/ru/news/18-03-2020-rezhim-provedeniya-zasedaniy-po-rassmotreniyu-sporov

San Marino USBM (in Italian): http://www.usbm.sm/on-line/home/articolo9013043.html

Serbia (in Serbian): http://www.zis.gov.rs/pocetna.281.html?newsId=2420https://rupto.ru/ru/news/18-03-2020-rezhim-provedeniya-zasedaniy-po-rassmotreniyu-sporov

Slovakia (in Slovak): https://www.indprop.gov.sk/?aktuality&clanok=upozornenie-1

Slovenia (in Slovenian)www.uil-sipo.si/uil/urad/o-uradu/novice/elektronske-novice/clanki/poslovanje-urada-v-casu-ukrepov-proti-siritvi-covid-19/

Turkey (in English): https://www.turkpatent.gov.tr/TURKPATENT/allNews/newsDetail?newsId=1242

Ukraine (in English): https://ukrpatent.org/en/articles/covid19-notification

Uzbekistan (in Uzbek): http://www.ima.uz/uz/information/info/news/1610/

 

NORTH AMERICA:

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

USPTO: https://www.uspto.gov/coronavirus

 

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/674_1_Public_Notice_for_extended_lockdown.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

Japan Patent Office: https://www.jpo.go.jp/e/news/koho/saigai/covid19_procedures.html

Korean IPO: https://www.kipo.go.kr/en/BoardApp/UEngBodApp?a=&c=1003&seq=1694&supp_cd=001&board_id=kiponews&cp=1&pg=1&npp=10&catmenu=ek06_01_01&sdate=&edate=&type=&bunryu=&tag_yn=&searchKey=1&searchVal=#_

Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia: http://www.myipo.gov.my/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/MyIPO-Operation-MCO-Table.jpeg

Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines: https://www.ipophil.gov.ph/news/covid-strategy-ipophl-shifts-to-online-only-services-postpones-hearings-deadlines/

Intellectual Property Office of Singapore: https://www.ipos.gov.sg/media-events/updates/ViewDetails/relief-measures-for-covid-19/

Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand (note, no English texts are available yet as to COVID-19): https://www.ipthailand.go.th/en/home-eng.html

Intellectual Property Office of Vietnam: http://www.noip.gov.vn/en_US/web/english/news-events/-/asset_publisher/ZMuTgR44COLR/content/notification-on-application-of-legal-provisions-relating-to-time-limits-for-applicants-affected-by-covid-19-and-transactions-between-applicants-and-th

 

AFRICA:

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