Stay up to date on the latest measures implemented by different governments to contain the spread of COVID-19 and the impact on IP Office operations in different countries. 

March 30, 2020
 
Country Government Announcement/ IP Office
AGIP Office

Jordan

Curfew until April 15
Working remotely
China
China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) encourages applicants to use the online IP service system   
Fully operational
Pakistan
Provincial Government locked down the province and the city of Karachi starting March 23. IPO is closed until further notice
Working remotely
Malaysia
Movement Control Order announced starting from March 18 until April 14. All government and private entities are closed; however new filing, publication, registration, office action submission and extension of time are available online through the IPO
Working remotely
Kuwait
Shutdown of all governmental institutions: March 12 – April 9   
Working remotely
Iran
Working hours in governmental entities reduced to 1PM until further notice   
Working remotely
Kurdistan
5-day curfew imposed in Erbil and Sulaimani starting March 18 until April 1   
Working remotely
Lebanon
State of emergency and countrywide shutdown until further notice   
Working remotely
Iraq
Curfew imposed in Baghdad starting March 17 until April 11
Working remotely
Sudan
IP Office and Ministry of Justice are closed starting from March 29 until April 4.
Fully operational
UK
All deadline at the UKIPO falling due on after March 24 will be extended to May 1
Working remotely
EUIPO
All deadlines have been extended until May 1
Working remotely
EPO
All deadlines (including international applications) falling on or after March 15 are extended until April17
Working remotely
Brazil
BPTO suspended all administrative terms until April 14; the deadlines were suspended by up to April 14, 2020   
Working remotely
Ecuador
Suspension of in-premise work as from March 17 until March 24   
Working remotely
Seychelles

Seychelles Registration Office is closed for 14 working days as of 17 March; however, it accepts urgent documents only till March 20, from 8.30 - 12 AM, until further notice    
Working remotely
USPTO
Continues its normal operations; all statutory deadlines will remain in effect, including deadlines to file
Working remotely
Argentina
Closure of governmental entities. National Institute of Industrial Property extended all deadlines until April 3
Working remotely
Guatemala
Closure of most governmental entities
Working remotely
Canada
CIPO remains open and in operation; however, deadlines falling within March 16 to 31 are extended to April 1
Operational
Tunisia
Curfew is imposed from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am until April 4. Trademark Office is closed during this period
Working remotely
Colombia
Trademark Office suspends deadlines from March 17 to March 31

Working remotely
Kenya
Daily national curfew from 7pm-5am starting March 27. IPO will be open from 9am–4pm starting March 27
Operational
Morocco
Government declared a health emergency and movement restriction across the country as from March 20 until April 20
Working remotely
Ireland
IPOI is closed from March 13 until March 29 (inclusive). Any deadlines falling within this period will be extended to March 30
Working remotely
WIPO
Remote working systems is applied, and the deadlines run as usual
Working remotely
India
Nationwide lockdown starting March 25 until April 14
Working remotely
GCC
GCC Patent Office is closed, but all operations are carried out online
Fully operational
KSA
All deadlines at the SAIP related to office action, filing, payment of grant and annuity/renewal fees are extended to May 1
Fully operational
Portugal
Portugal IP Office (INPI) is working remotely as from 16 March
Working remotely
Algeria
INPAI is open from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fully operational
Indonesia
IP Registry is closed until April 5
Working remotely
Turkey
Curfew is imposed for people over 65 years old. Patent Office is operational and accepts online filing
Working remotely
Bangladesh
Lockdown starting from March 26 until April 4  
Working remotely
Mauritius
PTO is closed for 2 weeks starting from March 20
Working remotely
Rwanda
Registry is closed. Applications/renewals/post registration recordals shall be filed electronically. The Registry shall also accept applications filed without a supporting notarized Power of Attorney during this period   
Working remotely
Burundi
Burundi IP office is currently fully operational
Working remotely
South Africa
National lockdown starting March 27 until April 16. Patents & Trademarks Office is closed from March 26 until April 30; during this period it is not possible to file any patent, trademark or design applications in South Africa
Working remotely
Russia
Lockdown for one week starting March 28 until April 5 
Working remotely
Italy
All terms concerning trademarks, patent and designs issued by IPTO are suspended until April 15
Working remotely
UAE
Work in private sector is suspended as from March 25 until April 9. TMO will remain provide online services
Working remotely
Dominican Republic
Registry closed its doors until March 31   
Working remotely
Paraguay
Governmental entities are closed until March 28
Working remotely
Djibouti
Public and private entities are closed starting March 24 until March 31; however TM Registry is open and receives applications by email  
Working remotely
Nigeria
Complete lockdown in Lagos and Abuja for 14 days starting from March 30  
Working remotely
Egypt
Curfew is imposed for 14 days starting March 25, from 7 pm to 6 am.
Patent and Trademark Offices are closed; all deadlines will extended to 2 weeks at least
Operational
Oman
TMO suspended all deadlines and receiving applications until further notice   
Fully operational
Ethiopia
Governmental entities are closed starting March 25   
Working remotely
Libya
IPO is open from 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM  
Working remotely
Romania
Trademark Office suspended all the deadlines until April 16; however it accepts on-line applications, renewals and recordals with the scanned copies of the supported documents   
Working remotely
Spain
Spanish Office (OEPM) suspended all deadlines. Deadline already existing before the official confinement will continue after the confinement; all new deadlines during the confinement will start counting after the end of confinement  
Working remotely
Philippines
Work at various government offices is suspended
Working remotely
 


In this regard, we assure our clients that our services remain uninterrupted in the affected countries, all their IP matters will be timely carried out.

We assure you that we will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you informed about any further developments in this respect.

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