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.|
|Andorra||12 May||Suspended||The Office of Trademarks and Patents of the Principality of Andorra is closed since March 14, 2020, indefinitely.|
|Argentina||15 May||Suspended||The National Government of Argentina has extended the Mandatory isolation period until May 10th. Deadlines and terms suspended until May 24, 2020.|
|Aruba||10 Apr||Suspended||The Aruba Trademark Office is currently closed as of March 27th and the publication of the Gazette is therefore on hold until they are operational again.|
|Azerbaijan||26 Mar||Suspended||Closed until further notice.|
|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.|
|Belize||22 May||Suspended||There is a nationwide State of Emergency and the office will be closed for 30 days as of April 1st, 2020. This may be extended.|
|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.|
|Bulgaria||30 Apr||Delay||The next trademark bulletin will be published on April 15, 2020, meaning there will be no publication dated March 31, 2020.|
|Dominican Republic||17 Apr||Suspended||The institution has ordered the cessation of work as of March 20, 2020. All legal deadlines suspended, resuming three business days after the state of emergency has ceased.|
|Ecuador||25 Mar||Suspended||Office closed until April 19, 2020. Deadlines suspended until this day and may be extended.|
|El Salvador||30 Apr||Suspended||The Trademark & Patent Office in El Salvador is closed and does not accept online applications.|
|Ghana||18 May||Delays||The registry in Ghana has recently reopened with a skeleton staff, delays are to be expected for all matters.|
|Greece||29 Apr||Suspended||The Trademark Office has suspended the publication of new trademarks from March 31, 2020, until further notice.|
|Honduras||11 May||Suspended||No new trademark publications will become available until the normal activities of the office resume.|
|India||14 Mar||Suspended||India’s Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks (CGPDTM) noted that it will remain close for a period of 21 days with effect from 25 March. The patent publications are still being published, the last trademark journal dates March 23, 2020, as the office has not processed any applications after filing due to the lockdown. This has been further extended until May 17, 2020.|
|Indonesia||22 May||Suspended||The operation of the Indonesian IP office is closed from March 23 up to May 29, 2020. IP applications can still be filed through online services.|
|Kurdistan||20 Mar||Suspended||All operations were suspended until May 20, 2020 and deadlines have been extended to the same date.|
|Kuwait||5 Apr||Suspended||All operations suspended until May 31, 2020. All deadlines will be extended according to the closure period.|
|Lesotho||24 Apr||Suspended||Court hearings have been suspended. The Registry is closed until further notice.|
|Suspended||Lockdown between April 10, 2020, to May 1, 2020. The office will be closed and not accepting any applications.|
|Delays||The Registry is partially operational, impacting the levels of service. No Journal releases expected in the near future.|
|Malawi||20 Apr||Suspended||Complete lockdown and no gazettes available until April 15, 2020. Extended until May 4, 2020.|
|Malaysia||6 Apr||Delay||Publication delays. Deadlines on office’s letter including appeals, opposition and payments are extended until 30 April 2020.|
|Mauritius||2 Apr||Suspended||Complete lockdown and no gazettes available until June 1.|
|Mexico||27 Mar||Suspended||Closed and all deadlines postponed until April 30, 2020. This will be extended until further notice.|
|Morocco||30 Apr||Suspended||The Trademark Office’s online services are functional, but recordals are being suspended for the time being until further notice as are the deadlines involved.|
|Namibia||30 Apr||Suspended||Namibia is in a State of Emergency until midnight May 4, 2020.|
|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.|
|Nigeria||7 Apr||Suspended||Suspension of activities by the trademark office. Time has been extended for all actions before the Registrar that are affected by the complete shutdown of activities as declared by the Federal Government, particularly with respect to Trademark Journals published in February 2020. Until the end of such period as may be declared by the Federal Government.|
|Oman||5 Apr||Suspended||All operations suspended until further notice and deadlines to be met during this period will be automatically extended until the office reopens for business.|
|Pakistan||5 Apr||Suspended||Closed as of March 25th, 2020 until further notice.|
|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 at least until May 3, 2020.|
|Peru||30 Apr||Suspended||All legal terms from INDECOPI have been expressly suspended until May 6, 2020, the Office will again start processing trademark applications on May 7, 2020.|
|Philippines||24 Mar||Suspended||Processing shall commence upon resumption of work. Deadlines for all papers, pleadings, documents, and payments thereof falling due from 16 March 2020 to 15 May 2020, are deemed extended for a period of sixty (60) calendar days from the due date. (see memorandum circular 2020-009 here)|
|Russia||2 Apr||Suspended||The Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) will not be operational, and all deadlines will be automatically extended to the next working day. Situation extended to until April 30, 2020.|
|Seychelles||24 Apr||Suspended||IP Office has suspended activities until 4th May, 2020, during the lockdown.|
|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.|
|St. Kitts and Nevis||18 May||Delays||IP Office and printers are covered under non-essential businesses and are not fully operational.|
|Sudan||2 Apr||Suspended||All operations suspended until May 9, 2020, all deadlines are automatically extended to the first working day.|
|Swaziland||30 Apr||Suspended||Eswatini is in full lockdown and the Registrar’s Office is closed.|
|Syria||23 Mar||Suspended||Suspended operations until further notice. Any deadlines are automatically extended to the first working day.|
|Uruguay||27 Apr||Suspended||All activities suspended until April 30th, 2020.|
|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.|