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UKIPO shuts its doors

UKIPO shuts its doors


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.

24 March 2020, and subsequent days until further notice, have been designated “interrupted days”.

This means that any deadlines for:

  • patents,
  • supplementary protection certificates,
  • trade marks,
  • designs,

and applications for these rights falling on an interrupted day will be extended until the UKIPO notifies the end of the interrupted days period.  

The UKIPO has created an email address, paperformcontingency@ipo.gov.uk, which can be used to file documents otherwise filed by fax or post.