COVID-19 and IPRs: the impact from the European and Italian point of view

European and Italian IP offices have granted extensions considering the current limitations to work activities 16 March 2020

In light of what is happening in these days at both European and Italian level, and taking into account the limitations to work activities due to the COVID-19 epidemiological emergency, the European and Italian offices for intellectual property have granted some extensions that we report below.

European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

Today – March 16 – the Executive Director of the EUIPO signed a decision extending to 1 May 2020 all deadlines expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 and affecting all parties to the proceedings before the Office.

>> EUIPO official decision no. EX-20-3 of 16 March 2020

European Patent Office (EPO)

EPO announced an extension of the deadlines for all matters concerning the Office from the date of publication of the communication – 15 March 2020 – until 17 April 2020. The EPO has also set up a constantly updated page where all the measures adopted are reported.

>> EPO official notice of 15 march 2020
>> EPO section dedicated to COVID-19

Among the main measures, reference is made to:

  • Remedies for non-compliance with deadlines;
  • Oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal;
  • Oral proceedings before the Examination and Opposition Divisions.

Italian Patent and Trademark Office (UIBM)

UIBM suspended the time limits for proceedings under its competence until 3 April 2020.

>> Decree of 11 march 2020 of Italian Ministry of Economic Development

We will keep you duly updated on any developments in the situation and remain at your complete disposal for any clarification that may be required.


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