Due to the current pandemic and lockdown, the UK IPO has made a decision to follow the EPO and the EUIPO and extend all deadlines for trade marks, designs, patents or supplementary protection certificates that fall after 24 March 2020. These have been declared as ‘interrupted days’. The extensions will continue until the interrupted days end (currently until further notice, to be reviewed around 17 April 2020).

What does this mean in practice?

  • trade marks
    • new examination reports will allow four months to respond instead of usual two months
    • there may be a delay to publications
    • there may be a delay to receiving registration certificates by post
    • International Registration applications will be processed by email where possible
  • designs
    • the two month reply period to an examination report remains, with availability of a two month extension
    • there may be a delay to receiving registration certificates by post
    • International Registration applications will be processed by email where possible

As the UK IPO has moved to working remotely, it is not possible to process paper forms, faxes or post. Accordingly, Applicants are encouraged to respond within the usual deadlines where possible and to find alternative modes of communication – i.e. avoiding faxes or post. Therefore email communication to paperformcontingency@ipo.gov.uk is strongly encouraged where online services are not available.