A number of Intellectual Property Offices throughout the world have either closed for a short period or remain open but taken the view that deadlines are to be extended or carefully reviewed on a case by case basis due to the unprecedented situation.
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Governments all around the world are either demanding or suggesting that people quarantine themselves or engage in social distancing. The intellectual property world is no different. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), IP Australia, the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA), and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) are just some of the Offices that have in recent days issued COVID-19 guidance to inform stakeholders of how they will handle workflow and meetings during this global health emergency.