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Hoffmann Eitle arbeitet weiterhin in vollem Umfang. Unsere Systeme sind sicher, zuverlässig und ermöglichen außerdem den derzeitig geforderten Fernzugriff. Wir beobachten natürlich weiterhin aufmerksam die Entwicklungen bezüglich COVID-19. Als hilfreiche Anleitung für Ankündigungen im Zusammenhang mit COVID-19 verweisen wir auf die folgenden Links:

1. EPO

EPO kündigt Fristverlängerungen an - die meisten Fristen, die am oder nach dem 15. März 2020 ablaufen, werden bis zum 2. Juni 2020 verlängert.

https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/official-journal/information-epo/archive/20200501_de.html

Mitteilung über mündliche Verhandlungen und Rücksprachen als Videokonferenz

https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/official-journal/2020/04/a40_de.html

Informationen über mündliche Verhandlungen vor Prüfungs- und Einspruchsabteilungen ab dem 03. Juni 2020

https://www.epo.org/news-events/covid-19/oral-proceedings-examination-opposition.html

Einschränkungen der mündlichen Verhandlungen vor den Beschwerdekammern

https://www.epo.org/law-practice/case-law-appeals/communications/2020/20200515_de.html

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - ständig aktualisierte Informationen

https://www.epo.org/news-events/covid-19.html

2. DPMA

Informationsschreiben vom 09. April 2020

Hinweis vom 10. März 2020 zu Fristen in Schutzrechtsverfahren aus Anlass der Verbreitung des Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 und deren Folgen

https://www.dpma.de/dpma/veroeffentlichungen/hinweise/hinweise2020/hinweis_10032020/index.html

Information vom 16. März 2020: Wegen der Ausbreitung des Coronavirus (COVID-19) bleiben die Auskunftstellen und Recherchesäle des DPMA bis auf Weiteres geschlossen: https://www.dpma.de/dpma/kontakt/index.html

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - ständig aktualisierte Informationen (23. März 2019) https://www.dpma.de/dpma/veroeffentlichungen/aktuelles/coronavirus/index.html

3. EUIPO

COVID 19 Update: measures in place after activation of ‘state of alarm’ in Spain:  (16 March 2020)   https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/de/news/-/action/view/5644698

A decision of the Executive Director has been published extending all time limits to 1 May 2020

euipo.europa.eu/tunnel-web/secure/webdav

4. WIPO

WIPO Update on Covid-19: (09 April 2020)

https://www.wipo.int/portal/en/news/2020/article_0011.html

Covid-19 Update: WIPO’s IP Services

https://www.wipo.int/portal/en/news/2020/article_0015.html

WIPO führt ein Tool zur Verfolgung von Informationen zur IP-Politik in den Mitgliedstaaten ein

https://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2020/article_0010.html

5. Landgerichte

Landgericht Düsseldorf: Einschränkung des Publikumsverkehrs und des Sitzungsbetriebs

https://www.lg-duesseldorf.nrw.de/beh_toppmeldungen_archiv/topp-link-covid19/index.php

Aktuelle Regelungen für den Justizbereich im Umgang mit dem Coronavirus (17. März 2020)

https://www.justiz.nrw/JM/Presse/PresseJM/2020_03_17_Korrektur_Umgang-Coronavirus/index.php

Landgericht Mannheim: Einschränkung des Dienstbetriebs am Landgericht Mannheim bis voraussichtlich einschließlich 19. April 2020

landgericht-mannheim.justiz-bw.de/pb/

Landgericht München I: Wichtiger Hinweis

https://www.justiz.bayern.de/gerichte-und-behoerden/landgericht/muenchen-1/

6. BPatG

Coronaregelungen - Hinweise zum Gebäudezugang und Infektionsschutz

https://www.bundespatentgericht.de/DE/Service/Corona/corona_node.html

7. BGH

Schließung des Bundesgerichtshofs für externe Besucher, die Öffentlichkeit von Verhandlungen wird hierdurch nicht berührt

https://www.bundesgerichtshof.de/DE/Home/home_node.html

8. BVerfG

Verlängerung der Maßnahmen zur Aufrechterhaltung der Funktionsfähigkeit des Bundesverfassungsgerichts bis zum 15. Mai 2020

https://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/DE/2020/bvg20-030.html

9. EuGH

Gerichtshof der Europäischen Union plant, die mündlichen Verhandlungen ab dem 25. Mai 2020 wieder aufzunehmen

https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2020-04/cp200051de.pdf

10. Italian Patent and Trademark Office (no English/German Version)

uibm.mise.gov.it/index.php/it/

11. Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (no English/German Version)

https://www.oepm.es/es/sobre_oepm/noticias/2020/2020_05_29_1junio2020ReanudaPlazosAdminisAnteOEPM.html

12. French Patent and Trademark Office (no English/German Version)

https://www.inpi.fr/fr/report-de-delais-lie-la-crise-sanitaire

13. UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-important-update-on-ipo-services

 

********* UPDATE MARCH 17, 2020 *********

While many European countries, including Germany, are facing severe restrictions of public life, the COVID-19 pandemic is increasingly also affecting the patent law system. Numerous oral proceedings at the EPO have been cancelled, mostly on a case by case basis. All appeal hearings scheduled between 16 and 27 March 2020 have been rescheduled.

The EPO has qualified the situation as general dislocation within the meaning of Rule 134(2) EPC and decided that periods expiring on or after March 15 are extended to 17 April 2020 (for details go to the EPO Website).

In order to ensure safe processing of our terms, we will continue to operate on the basis of the originally set deadlines and kindly request our clients to respect these terms as well. If, in exceptional cases, instructions cannot be provided within the originally set deadlines, please notify us by when we can expect to receive them.

In Spain, the administrative procedures managed by the SPTO are suspended and interrupted as long as the state of emergency, which was declared on March 13, is maintained. No final date has been specified so far (for details go to the OEPM Website – in Spanish – or contact our Madrid Office).

Hoffmann Eitle continues to be fully operational. Our systems are safe and reliable and facilitate remote access. We will of course continue to monitor the situation closely and will keep you informed with further updates, as appropriate.

We would like to wish for the continued good health to all of you and your families and friends.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

********* UPDATE MARCH 13, 2020 *********

In consideration of the current situation regarding COVID-19, we have immediately taken all the precautionary measures recommended by health organizations and authorities to minimize the risk for our team and to ensure full uninterrupted services for our clients. Our electronic file system and filing tools allow safe and reliable remote access for all of our offices: Munich, London, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Milan, Madrid, Barcelona, and Amsterdam.

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Specific to Italy, the Italian Patent and Trademark Office has issued a directive suspending all deadlines under the Italian Industrial Property Code with respect to patents, trademarks and designs up to and including April 3, 2020, unless an additional extension is provided in the meantime.

Please note that the suspension does NOT apply to:

  • deadlines relating to trademark opposition proceedings (deadlines for the filing of the oppositions, of the power of attorney by the opponent and of arguments and evidence in support of the opposition
  • deadlines for appeals against decisions of the Italian Patent and Trademark Office.

If you need to contact us, please directly write to the e-mail address of the attorney you generally work with, or write to our general address; for patent matters: Marco Benedetto and for trademark matters: Ersilia Calo. You can find the contact details of each attorney at our website.

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Specific to Spain, the Spanish government has declared, on March 13, a state of alarm. We do not currently know, however, of any announcements from the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office concerning a suspension of terms. If you need to contact us, please directly write to the e-mail address of the attorney you generally work with or write to our general address madrid@hoffmanneitle.com. You can find the contact details of each attorney at our website.

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Specific to the European Patent Office (EPO), while select activities have been postponed, including some oral proceedings, there has currently not been an announcement concerning a suspension of terms.

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We will of course continue to monitor the situation closely and will keep you informed with further updates, as appropriate.

We would like to wish for the continued good health to all of you and your families and friends.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.