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.
We reviewed interrupted days on 29 May. Although changes to lockdown regulations has enabled some businesses to resume more normal operations there continues to be disruption and impact for many. We have decided to continue with the period of interruption. We will review and update again on 22 June. We will give customers advance notice (at least 2 weeks) to plan prior to the end of interrupted days. Our formal notice and certificate of declaration sets out the relevant information. Please continue to work to existing deadlines wherever possible. Interrupted days have been introduced as a safety net where the normal course of business is not possible.