Throughout the Covid 19 Pandemic, with its staff operational from home, the UK Intellectual Property Office has been running adapted processes to ensure that the majority of its services remain unaffected and businesses, rights holders and IP professionals are supported during this challenging period.
To ensure their customers are clear to their position, the UKIPO have declared every day since 24th March as interrupted days. This means that any deadlines that fell on these days were extended to the next uninterrupted day. This covered deadlines both in terms of filing to the UKIPO and their deadlines to action things.
This has meant that any trade marks that were due to be registered during this period have had the registration delayed.
Since March, the maintaining of interrupted days was reviewed every 3 weeks by the Office. The latest review was on 22 June 2020 and it was decided that the period of interrupted days could come to an end from 29 July 2020.
From this date, the normal timescales and deadlines will resume. There will of course be a period of catch up for the office as a large number of marks will need to be updated on the online register and the certificates released.
The UK Intellectual Property Office have released detailed guidance on their position and the changes that have been made during the pandemic, which can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-important-update-on-ipo-services
This is a good sign that the IP world is starting to get back to normal.
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