24 Mar 2020 | News

Notice Regarding the Prolongation of Deadlines before the European Patent Office, the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Union Intellectual Property Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) has issued a notice that all current deadlines in procedures before the EPO are extended to April 17, 2020 in view of the Corona Crisis. Furthermore, the EPO has decided to postpone until further notice all oral proceedings scheduled until 17 April 2020, unless oral proceedings have already been confirmed to take place by means of videoconference. These will take place as scheduled. Generally, the EPO itself continues to be operational and, as of now, does not have any intention to close down its operations.

The German Patent and Trademark Office gave notice that they will prolong all terms set by the Office until May 4, 2020 without further notification. Importantly, this does not apply to terms determined by law. These terms will continue to apply as provided in the respective act.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has published a decision of the Executive Director extending all deadlines between March 29, 2020 and April 30, 2020 inclusive, to May 1, 2020. From March 16, 2020, all EUIPO staff will work from home and the work of the Office will, as far as possible, proceed as usual. Trademark and design applications will continue to be examined and published and the Office will continue to send communications and set deadlines.

We would like you to know that all offices of Boehmert & Boehmert are conducting business as usual. Further, we have developed detailed contingency plans, including relocation of work to other offices of our firm and work from home, and are prepared to stay fully operational in case an infection happens in one of our offices. To serve the interest of our clients in a timely continuation of the pending procedures and in particular to avoid the delays with the Offices that are to be expected after April 17 and May 1 and 4, respectively, we do not intend to use the above-mentioned prolongation and are processing our cases on the basis of the current deadlines. Accordingly, please continue to send us your instructions in good time before the original deadline to keep things going.

Our attorneys handling your cases will be pleased to assist you with further explanations regarding our processes.

Let us hope that times will get back to normal soon and rest assured that we will do all that is possible to keep your and our business running.