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. 

June 2, 2020
 
Country Government Announcement/ IP Office
AGIP Office

Jordan

Economic activities are resumed 
Operational
China
China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) encourages applicants to use the online IP service system   
Fully operational
Pakistan
Lockdown has been extended to May 9. IPO will start receiving the documents starting May 11
Working remotely
Malaysia
Conditional Movement Control Order will be imposed until June 9. Government has allowed to re-open the economic sectors with conditions. IP Office is open every Tuesday & Thursday from 9.30 am till 2.00 pm for new filing only
Working remotely
Kuwait
Lockdown has been extended as from May 30 until further notice, from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM. IPO is closed; all deadlines fall during this period are extended until the office reopens its doors   
Working remotely
Iran
Working hours in governmental entities reduced to 1PM until further notice   
Working remotely
Kurdistan
Curfew starting from June 1 till June 6; from 6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Working remotely
Lebanon
State of emergency within the country has been extended until June 7; however, IP Protection Office has partially resumed work since April 6, and is accepting applications  
Working remotely
Iraq
Curfew extended as from May 31 till June 6. Trademark & Patent Office is closed during this period
Working remotely
Sudan
Lockdown has been extended till June 18. SIPO is closed during this period 
Working remotely
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
Certain deadlines occurring from March 27-May 31 are extended to June 1 with a statement of personal effect, rather than the 30 days as previously 
Working remotely
Argentina
INPI extended the suspension of all administrative terms until May 10
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
Economic activities are resumed starting May 4
Operational
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
Lockdown has been extended to June 10
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
Lockdown starting from May 18 to May 31. IPO accepts e-filing of applications, renewals and documents; deadlines fall during this period have been extended to May 3
Working remotely
GCC
GCC Patent Office is closed, but all operations are carried out online
Fully operational
KSA
Full lockdown in main cities starting April 6. SAIP is closed; however, its services are available online. All deadlines related to office action, filing, payment of grant and annuity/renewal fees are extended to May 30
Working remotely
Portugal
IP Office (INPI) announced that deadlines are lo longer suspended
Working remotely
Algeria
Partial lockdown in Algiers and other provinces in Algeria has been extended to June 13, from 05:00 PM to 07: 00 AM
Operational
Indonesia
Large-scale social restriction in Jakarta until June 4. All private entities (except for some main sectors) shall remain closed.IP Registry is closed, however all jobs can be done online including annuities
Working remotely
Turkey
Four-day partial curfew will be imposed beginning May 15 midnight
Operational
Bangladesh
Lockdown has been extended to May 30. IPO is closed; deadlines fall within this period will be extended to May 30  
Working remotely
Mauritius
lockdown has been extended until May 4. IPO is closed
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
Economic activities will be resumed on May 4
Working remotely
Russia
Self-isolation has been extended until June 14. Patent & Trademark Office accepts online filing for new applications, and by email most of other petitions and documents; however, assignments and some types of legal actions should be filed in original on the first working day 
Working remotely
Italy
All terms concerning trademarks, patent and designs issued by IPTO are suspended until April 15
Working remotely
UAE
Dubai government adopted a decision to resume the work of employees in government offices by 50% starting from May 31, and to 100% starting from June 14
Working remotely
Dominican Republic
State of emergency has been extended to April 30. Registry is closed during this period   
Working remotely
Paraguay
National Industrial Property Office implemented an online system for trademark applications and renewals
Working remotely
Djibouti
lockdown has been extended for 15 days starting April 13  
Working remotely
Nigeria
Gradual easing of lockdown in Lagos and Abuja has been extended for two weeks starting from May 18 – May 30
Operational
Egypt
Patent Office is closed starting from May 31 till June 6. Deadlines during this period will be automatically extended to June 7. Trademark Office is still operational and accepting all sorts of application
Operational
Oman
Lockdown starting April 10. TMO suspended all deadlines and receiving applications until further notice   
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
Syria
IPO resumed its normal activities  
Operational
Ghana
Lockdown for 14 days starting from March 30   
Working remotely
Qatar
IP Office resumed its operations and accepts specific types of jobs with limited numbers  
Operational
Australia IP Office resumed its operations
Operational
New Zealand
IPONZ resumed its operations  
Operational
Cuba
Temporary suspension of the procedures of the CIPO, except for patent applications.  Suspension of the prescription terms of all legal procedures until March 27    
Working remotely
Afghanistan
Government reduced the working hours from 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM (6 days a week) 
Operational
West Bank
State of emergency has been extended to June 5
Operational
Philippines
IP Office resumed its operations
Operational
 


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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