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17 March 2020
“The EUIPO has issued a Decision stating that all EUIPO deadlines falling due from 9 March 2020 to 30 April 2020 inclusive are extended until 1 May 2020 (because of the COVID-19 pandemic). We understand that this will not apply to Paris Convention cases filed with the EUIPO. We intend to send you individual emails on existing affected cases.
So for example, we expect that independent of any actual COVID-19 issues, if an applicant misses a deadline such as an examination response deadline falling in the specified period, the deadline will automatically extend to 1 May 2020.
As you may imagine, it will be important not to leave work until the cut-off date of 1 May 2020 to ensure smooth processing of your instructions. Therefore please endeavour to provide your instructions as soon as feasible and well before this cut-off date if you can.
Please get in touch with your usual Withers & Rogers contact if there are any specific cases that you would like to discuss regarding the applicability of the extension.”
Withers & Rogers is operating on a business as usual basis, we are actioning plans enabling us to operate remotely and do not anticipate any notable change in service to our clients.