Update on Corona situation – European Patent Office (EPO) and European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) – Extension of deadlines

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In view of the current situation of the Corona outbreak, we are mindful of the current developments and the world-wide impact. We are closely monitoring the situation and all official announcements.

Valet Patent Services keeps fully operational as our system operates online and all Valet Patent Services team members are able to work from home. We continue to be fully available for all our clients’ needs.

In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 Virus, we would like to inform you of the update announced by the European Patent Office (EPO) and European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

 

European Patent Office (EPO) – extension of time limits

The EPO informs that all due dates are extended to 17 April 2020 (and may be further extended depending on further Notice from the EPO).

This means that all deadlines for filing responses to search reports and examination reports, etc. are extended to 17 April 2020. Also EPO regional phase entries  that are due can be filed by 17 April 2020.

 

European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) – extension of time limits

The EUIPO has announced the Decision to extend all time limits to 1 May 2020. In practice, this means that time limits are extended until Monday 4 May, given that Friday 1 May is a public holiday.

 

Information on Oral Proceedings before the European Patent Office

Oral proceedings before the Boards of Appeal will not be held in the premises of the Boards of Appeal from 16 March 2020 until 27 March 2020.

Oral proceedings before Examining and Opposition Divisions will in principle take place as scheduled.

Oral proceedings involving parties or representatives who have recently visited high risk areas will be held by videoconference or postponed, upon request.

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Amazon Brand Registry

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Amazon Brand Registry provides a way to protect your intellectual property and create an accurate and trusted experience for customers on Amazon.  To enroll for Amazon brand registry in Europe, you should have a registered trademark under which you are selling your products.

 

Obtaining trademark protection in Europe is relatively straightforward and can be quite low cost.  The UK, German and EU trademark offices will grant your trademark application in just a few months, assuming there is no opposition to registration.

 

We can help you with your trademark applications in Europe by offering a one stop service provider for fixed fee German, French, UK and EU trademarks.  As part of our low fixed fee, we will also conduct a search of your trademark to assess viability of your application and to reduce the chances of oppositions, which will significantly delay your Amazon brand registry process.

 

To be eligible for Amazon Brand Registry, your brand must have an active registered trade mark in each country where you wish to enroll.  If you sell in the five key Amazon markets in Europe (Italy, Spain, France, UK and Germany), the most cost effective route is to apply for an EU trademark and a UK trademark.  Assuming 1 class the official fees are 170 GBP for the UK and 850 EUR for the EU trademark.

 

The trade mark owner must enroll the brand (corresponding to the registered trademark).  To enroll a brand, you will need to provide the following information:

Your brand name that has an active registered trade mark.

The associated government-registered trade mark number.

A list of product categories (e.g., apparel, sporting goods, electronics) in which your brand should be listed.

A list of countries where your brand’s products are manufactured and distributed.

 

After you’ve submitted this information, Amazon will attempt to get in touch with the contact associated with the registered trade mark that you provided in your application.  Assuming you have filed your European trademark with Valet Patent Services, LLP, we will immediately forward to you the verification code sent by Amazon.  You are then required send this verification code back to Amazon to complete the enrolment process.

 

Amazon brand registry offers a number of potential advantages for your Amazon store.  Valet Patent Services, LLP is here to help you to quickly and inexpensively obtain trademark protection for you in Europe and to support you in the verification process during enrollment.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any information on applying for trademarks, any IP related issues on Amazon (e.g. take-downs or appeals) or if you would like support during the Amazon brand registry process.

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