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 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.
Liberia 24
Apr
Suspended Lockdown between April 10, 2020, to May 1, 2020. The office will be closed and not accepting any applications.
Madagascar 18
May
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.