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EPO - COVID-19 Update

EPO - COVID-19  Update

01/05/20

The European Patent Office has in place measures to safeguard applicants’ rights. An initial update issued by the European Patent Office indicated that most time limits expiring on or after 15 March 2020 should be exceptionally extended until 17 April 2020. In view of the continuing disruption, a second further update has since been issued indicating that these deadlines are now extended to 2 June 2020. The extensions and remedies apply to parties and representatives in proceedings under the EPC and the PCT.