COVID-19 Daily Updates

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 29, 2021
 

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   
Operational
Pakistan
Lockdown has ended
Operational
Malaysia
Total nationwide lockdown is extended until further notice. All sectors are not allowed to operate except for the essential services. IP Office is closed during this period but the online system is still available for filing
Operational
Kuwait
Private sector is fully operational. IPO resumed its work with 50% of its capacity until further notice   
Operational
Iran
IPO office is working with 50% of employees
Operational
Kurdistan
Economic activities are resumed 
Operational
Lebanon
IP Protection Office is partially operating (with less than 50% of workforce)   
Operational
Iraq
Economic activities are resumed 
Operational
Sudan
IPO is open from 9:00 AM to 12:00 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 until July 6, of all deadlines on IP matters that fall on or before July 3 
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 7pm-5am starting March 27. IPO will be open from 9am–4pm starting March 27
Operational
Morocco
Government eased the lockdown measures starting June 10, 2020, while extending the public health state of emergency until June 10, 2021
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 has ended starting September 1
Operational
KSA
All businesses are operational 
Operational
Portugal
IP Office (INPI) announced that deadlines are no longer suspended
Operational
Algeria
Partial lockdown in Algiers and other provinces in Algeria has been extended, from 12:00 AM to 04:00 AM
Operational
Indonesia
The country is under transition period. IP Office operates with 50% capacity
Operational
Turkey
All operations are filed online before Turkish Patent Office. All deadlines have been suspended until June 15
Operational
Bangladesh
Lockdown has ended starting August 15
Operational
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
Partial restrictions for governmental and private sectors, with 30% staff for all entities are working remotely until further instructions. Patent and Trademark Office is operational
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 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 implemented an online system for trademark applications and renewals
Operational
Djibouti
Lockdown has been extended for 15 days starting April 13  
Working remotely
Nigeria
Lockdown lifted
Operational
Egypt
The Egyptian Patent and Trademark Offices are fully operational
Operational
Oman
TMO resumed its normal operations
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 on-line 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 specific types of jobs with limited numbers  
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
Partial shutdown, working on 30% of its capacity
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.


Head Office

AGIP Building 104 Mecca Street, Um-Uthaina, Amman, Jordan
P.O. Box: 921100, Amman 11192, Jordan
Telephone: (00 962-6) 5100 900
Email : agip@agip.com

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