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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.