Following on from our previous update UKIPO announces further extension to deadlines we anticipated a further review by the EUIPO in relation to automatically extending deadlines, if it considered it necessary.
On 15 May 2020, the EUIPO announced that there would be no further automatic extensions to deadlines. This means that all deadlines, which fell on or after 9 March 2020 to 17 May 2020, expire on 18 May 2020, and all proceedings shall resume as normal from this date. If the EUIPO’s announcement causes you any difficulties in your ability to meet existing deadlines, it may be possible to request an extension of time.
More information about EUIPO services is available here.
If you have any questions about the EUIPO’s decision referred to above and how you may be impacted, or if you are impacted and would like further advice, please get in touch with myself, Natalie Hardman or a member of our Trade Mark and Intellectual Property Team – we would be happy to assist you in any way that we can.
Although the scope of both Decisions ends on 18 May, the Office has provided users with further guidance on the regular means of coping with time limits stipulated in the applicable Regulations, in case they still face operational difficulties in view of the pandemic arising from measures taken by public authorities against the pandemic, or sickness of the party and / or their representative, etc.