As previously reported, the EUIPO have now ended their automatic extension to deadlines. However, following their review on 28 May, the UK IPO have decided to extend their period of "interrupted days" during which all deadlines are automatically extended due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The next review is stated to be on 22 June 2020.

Given the easing of the lockdown in the UK,  both the continued extension and the length of time before the next review are a little surprising. We would expect (not least given the negative impact and delay on applicants ability to register their marks) that unless the situation in the UK worsens, the interrupted days period will be brought to an end sooner rather than later. 

The UK IPO will be giving two weeks notice before the end of the interrupted days period, and so if the next review is not until 22 June 2020, it must be assumed that the automatic extensions will continue until at least 6 July 2020. 

If you have any questions about the changes referred to above and how you may be impacted, please get in touch with the Brabners Trade Mark and Intellectual Property Team – we would be happy to assist you in any way that we can.