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Hoffmann Eitle continues to be fully operational. Our systems are safe and reliable and facilitate remote access. We are of course continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. As a helpful guide for announcements related to COVID-19, please refer to the following links:

1. EPO

Information on oral proceedings before examination and opposition divisions until 17 April 2020

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

No oral proceedings in the Boards of Appeal until 17 April 2020

https://www.epo.org/law-practice/case-law-appeals/communications/2020/20200320.html

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - continually updated Information

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

2. DPMA

Notice of 10 March 2020 in view of the spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 and its Impact

www.dpma.de/english/our_office/publications

Coronavirus: Information centres and research rooms closed to visitors

https://www.dpma.de/english/our_office/contact/index.html

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - continually updated information (23 March 2020)

https://www.dpma.de/english/our_office/publications/news/corona/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/en/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/guest/

4. WIPO

WIPO Update on Covid-19: IP Service Operations Continuing; Remote Work Prioritized (16. März 2020)

https://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/articles/2020/article_0004.html

Covid-19 Update: WIPO’s IP Services (March 20, 2020)

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

5. Regional Courts

Regional Court Duesseldorf: Limitations in public access and schedule of oral hearings

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

Current regulations for the judiciary in relation to the corona virus  (March 17 2020) - German Version only:

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

Regional Court Mannheim: Operating limitations until (presumably) 19 April 2020

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

Regional Court Munich I:

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

6. Federal Patent Court

Coronavirus - Limited operation as of 23 March 2020

https://www.bundespatentgericht.de/DE/Home/Buehne/PM_Schliessung_Coronavirus.html

7. Federal Court of Justice

Closure of the Federal Court of Justice for external visitors

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

8. Federal Constitutional Court

Measures to continue full operativeness of the Federal Constitutional Court (18 March 2020)

https://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/DE/2020/bvg20-019a.html

9. European Court of Justice

Covid-19 : Partial discontinuation of judicial activities due to severe crisis situation (13 March 2020)

https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/P_54676/en/

Change to the judicial activities of the court of justice as a result of the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic (19 March 2020)

https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/P_97552/en/

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)

http://www.coapi.org/adjuntos/Reso_16_marzo%20plazos%20administrativos.pdf

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

https://www.inpi.fr/fr/nationales/covid-19-delais-accordes-procedures-examen

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 of 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 info@hoffmanneitle.it; 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. 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.