In an attempt to reduce brand owners and businesses worries in this uncertain time, the EU Intellectual Property Office has made a trade mark application announcement.
The EUIPO have announced that it is extending all time limits expiring between 9 March and 30 April inclusive that affect all parties in proceedings before the office to 1 May 2020.
These time limits will include:
- The opposition period;
- The payment of the application fee;
- The right of priority;
- Exhibition priority;
- Payment of the opposition fee;
- A request for renewal;
- The filing of an appeal, the statement of grounds and the payment of the appeal fee;
- A request for conversion;
- Deferment of publication of a design.
While the EUIPO teams continue to work remotely, this will allow them to keep on top of all goings on while on lockdown. However, it has caused some angst with applicants who now have to wait longer for their applications to be registered.
If this has affected you or you would like further information as to how Lawdit can assist you, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team.