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AI Inventorship receives setback at the EPO
AI Inventorship receives setback at the EPO - 01.08.22

The Boards of Appeal at the EPO have published their decision to dismiss the Appeal of Thaler a...

UK to promote AI research and development
UK to promote AI research and development - 14.07.22

The Government has published its response to the UKIPO’s consultation on Artificial Intelligenc...

Is the sun about to set on the EPO’s Ten-Day Rule?
Is the sun about to set on the EPO’s Ten-Day Rule? - 13.05.22

A unique feature of determining the actual response deadline to Communications, such as Examina...

INTA panel discussion - Wednesday 4th May 2022
INTA panel discussion - Wednesday 4th May 2022 - 26.04.22

Full speaker list confirmed for panel session “INNOVATION AND THE FUTURE OF IP Technology in So...

Patenting research outputs
Patenting research outputs - 20.04.22

In a series of articles, Dr Ian Wilson, from our Chemical/Pharma team, looks at the key conside...

INTA - smart contracts and the future of IP assets
INTA - smart contracts and the future of IP assets - 14.04.22

We are delighted to confirm that, as the conference season makes its return, Dr Julian Potter a...

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COVID - 19

The team continue primarily to work from home to support the efforts in the UK to help stop the spread of the virus.  Our planning means that we can continue to work as usual.

The position for the patent and intellectual property offices we work with are set out below.

UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)

As noted in our recent news item, the UKIPO has closed access to its buildings until further notice and its staff are working from home. Users are requested to continue filing as normal and use online filing and digital services as much as possible. Paper documents cannot be processed, including faxed documents and the fax filing service is not available, and filing by hand is no longer possible.

European Patent Office (EPO)

The European Patent Office had in place measures to safeguard applicants’ rights and most time limits that expired on or after 15 March 2020 were exceptionally extended to 2 June 2020. However that extension period has now expired and the usual convention for determining dealdines is back in operation.

EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

The EUIPO confirmed that all time limits expiring between 9 March 2020 and 18 May 2020, affecting any party before the Office, were extended to 18 May 2020. However, no further extension to those provisions occured after 18 May 2020 and from that date the usual convention for determoning deadlines returned. 

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

The International Bureau of WIPO had informed users that the normal rules for remedying International Phase deadlines missed due to reasons of force majeure have been relaxed.