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.
|Afghanistan||30 Mar||Suspended||As of March 28, 2020 all offices closed for an initial 3 week period. This has been further extended to June 1, 2020.|
|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.|
|Bolivia||29 Apr||Suspended||Bolivia has entered a total quarantine between March 22, 2020 and April 17, 2020. This may be extended. All activities of the office have been suspended.|
|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.|
|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.|