COVID-19 impacts to Patent and Trademark Offices

As COVID-19 continues to impact different regions of the world, trademark and patent offices are also being affected. Many offices have adjusted their regular operations in a variety of ways, including suspensions or delays in services.

However, not all trademark and patent offices are affected. Some offices continue to operate under regular schedules.

We are actively engaging with many of these offices on a regular basis, and monitoring other news sources, to collect information as to what adjustments the offices are making.

The following list includes the information we have collected on IP offices that have adjusted their regular operations in some way. We will update this list as new information becomes available.

Due to the frequency of changes, we are not adjusting opposition timeframes listed in CompuMark’s products and services. We will maintain all such timeframes based on regular standards regardless of any trademark office delays.

Please note: this information should not be considered an authoritative source. We will work to update this information on a regular basis. Should you have any questions about one of the mentioned offices you may want to contact that office directly or your local council for more information.

If you have any questions regarding office impacts to your CompuMark services, contact us today.



Office Date Status Comment
Afghanistan 30 Mar Suspended The Trademark Office has resumed operations, but no new gazette with trademark applications has been published. Delays are to be expected.
Bangladesh 14 Mar Suspended The Bangladesh Trademarks Unit; Patents and Designs Unit of Department of Patents, Designs and Trademarks will remain shut till May 16, 2020. Deadlines will be extended automatically to May 17, 2020.
Botswana 19 Jun Suspended There is no new journal available and the Registry’s office is closed until further notice.
Cuba 3 Jun Suspended Office is closed and working remotely with customers. However, they are not processing existing or new applications and time limits have been extended.
Ecuador 25 Mar Suspended Office closed until April 19, 2020. Deadlines suspended until this day and may be extended.
Ghana 18 May Delays The registry in Ghana has recently reopened with a skeleton staff, delays are to be expected for all matters.
Honduras 11 May Suspended No new trademark publications with new publications will become available until the normal activities of the office resume.
Kuwait 5 Apr Suspended All operations suspended. All deadlines will be extended according to the closure period.
Madagascar 18
Delays The Registry is partially operational, impacting the levels of service. No Journal releases expected in the near future.
Mexico 27 Mar Suspended Closed and all deadlines postponed until further notice.
Nepal 27 Apr Suspended All operations suspended until April 27, 2020 and deadlines to be met during this period will be automatically extended until April 27, 2020.
Panama 30 Mar Suspended The Trademark Office is closed and is not allowing online applications.
Paraguay 2 Apr Suspended All trademark procedures on standby, legal deadlines suspended until further notice.
Sierra Leone 5 Jun Delays Lockdowns of a small number have been enacted, there is currently a normal service at the Registry but with possible delays.
Sri Lanka 12 May Suspended All government offices other than what is declared essential services are closed until May 11, 2020. This may be extended.
Sudan 2 Apr Suspended Sudan Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) closed, all deadlines are automatically extended to the first working day.
Suriname 4 Jun Suspended Nationwide lockdown for one week, might be extended.
Swaziland 30 Apr Suspended Eswatini is in full lockdown and the Registrar’s Office is closed.
Venezuela 27 Apr Delays All activities from March 16 until further notice. Online filing system available that will go into effect on Monday, April 27th, 2020.
Westbank 20 May Suspended All operations suspended until June 5, 2020, and deadlines to be met during this period will be automatically extended until the Office resumes business.
Zimbabwe 29 Apr Suspended Nationwide lockdown extended indefinitely.