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. 

August 10, 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
IPO is working and receiving documents with limited staff. Ex parte and intra parte hearings have been suspended until further notice
Working remotely
Malaysia
Recovery Movement Control Order has been announced until August 31. IP Office is now open as usual starting from June 9, from Monday - Friday (8.30 am - 4.30 pm)
Operational
Kuwait
Patent and Trademark Office suspended all activities from March 12 to July 16, and may be also extended. The Office will resume the work on July 19 with 30% of the employees. Online system is available and accepts filing of the trademark applications
Operational
Iran
IP Office resumed its normal operations; however, it accepts late submission of documents for opposition against refusal notice (issued by IIPO). It does not accept late submission of documents for oppositions against cited trademark application and counter-opposition against opposition filed by third party
Operational
Kurdistan
Public entities, including External Relations Department, Companies Registry, Bar Association and Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs are closed till August 16
Operational
Lebanon
Government is imposing new lockdown for five days starting July 30 till August 3, and then from August 6 till August 10
Operational
Iraq
Curfew will be imposed starting July 30 till August 10
Operational
Sudan
IPO resumed its operations and will be open to the public starting July 19, from 9 AM to 12 PM
Operational
UK
All deadline at the UKIPO falling due on after March 24 will be extended to May 1
Operational
EUIPO
All deadlines that were due to expire from March 9 were extended and the proceedings were resumed on May 18
Operational
EPO
Renewals due after March 15 may be paid and properly validated until August 31, which allows renewals that had an expiry date of March 31, April 30, May 31, June 30, and July 31 to be carried out on or before August 31 without the need to pay any additional fees.
This decision entered into force on June 1 to progressively resume payment of outstanding renewals
Operational
Brazil
BPTO suspended all administrative terms until April 14; the deadlines were suspended by up to April 14, 2020   
Operational
Ecuador
Suspension of in-premise work as from March 17 until March 24   
Operational
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    
Operational
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 
Operational
Argentina
INPI extended the suspension of all administrative terms until June 28
Operational
Guatemala
Closure of most governmental entities
Operational
Canada
CIPO announced a further extension of deadlines, to the effect that deadlines falling within March 16 to August 7, are extended to August 10
Operational
Tunisia
Economic activities are resumed starting May 4
Operational
Colombia
Trademark Office suspends deadlines from March 17 to March 31
Operational
Kenya
Daily national curfew from 7 pm-5 am starting March 27. IPO will be open from 9am–4pm starting March 27
Operational
Morocco
PTO is still working online
Operational
Ireland
IPOI is closed from March 13 until March 29 (inclusive). Any deadlines falling within this period will be extended to March 30
Operational
WIPO
Each office may implement the measures it considers appropriate depending on the situation in each country
Operational
India
Lockdown in Containment Zones has been extended starting from June 1 to June 30. IPO in Delhi is functioning at 33% capacity without public interaction. All deadlines with effect from March 15 stand suspended until further notice
Working remotely
GCC
GCC Patent Office is closed, but all operations are carried out online
Fully operational
KSA
All governmental entities have resumed their operations
Operational
Portugal
IP Office (INPI) announced that deadlines are lo longer suspended
Operational
Algeria
INAPI resumed its normal operations. Partial lockdown has been extended for 15 days starting July 28, from 20:00 to 05:00
Operational
Indonesia
Transition period has been announced in Jakarta. Economic activities are resumed in stages
Operational
Turkey
All operations are filed online before Turkish Patent Office
Operational
Bangladesh
Flexible lockdown for 15 days (May 31 - June 15) in a very limited scale in terms of working period  
Working remotely
Mauritius
lockdown has been extended until May 4. IPO is closed
Operational
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   
Operational
Burundi
Burundi IP office is currently fully operational
Operational
South Africa
Economic activities will be resumed on May 4
Operational
Russia
Self-isolation has been canceled starting from June 9
Operational
Italy
All terms concerning trademarks, patent and designs issued by IPTO are suspended until April 15
Operational
UAE
Dubai government decided that private sectors, including IPO, will fully operate 100%
Operational
Dominican Republic
State of emergency has been extended to April 30. Registry is closed during this period   
Operational
Paraguay
National Industrial Property Office resumed its operations on July 1
Operational
Djibouti
lockdown has been extended for 15 days starting April 13  
Working remotely
Nigeria
Second phase of easing of lockdown has been extended for four weeks with effect from June 30 till July 27. IPO is operational
Operational
Egypt
Trademark & Patent Offices resumed their operations. Both offices are accepting all sorts of jobs
Operational
Oman
Omani Trademarks and patents offices resumed its operations partially with limited visits
Operational
Ethiopia
Governmental entities are closed starting March 25   
Operational
Libya
IPO is open from 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM  
Operational
Romania
Trademark Office suspended all the deadlines until April 16; however it accepts online applications, renewals and recordals with the scanned copies of the supported documents   
Operational
Spain
SPTO continues receiving new applications and writings. All deadlines are resumed on June 1 from the date they were interrupted. Therefore, the initial day of calculation is June 1 at 0:00 h for all deadlines 
Operational
Syria
IPO resumed its normal activities  
Operational
Ghana
Lockdown for 14 days starting from March 30   
Operational
Qatar
IP Office resumed its operations and accepts all types of applications from all agents but for limited numbers of jobs for each agent  
Operational
Australia IP Office resumed its operations
Operational
New Zealand
IPONZ resumed its operations  
Operational
Cuba
CIPO established the temporary suspension of the procedures, except for patent applications. Also, it establishes the suspension of the prescription terms of all legal procedures. CIPO will not be receiving new registration requests, nor any other process.
The office is operating with a minimum staff for the most urgent issues    
Operational
Afghanistan
Government reduced the working hours from 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM (6 days a week) 
Operational
West Bank
TMO is fully operational
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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