Covid-19 & IP: The health emergency effects in Italy and European Union

Considering the health emergency and the consequent restriction on work activities in Italy and in most European countries, the UIBM (Italian Patent and Trademark Office), EUIPO (European Intellectual Property Office) and EPO (European Patent Office) have ordered the following extensions:


By decree no. 18 of 17 March 2020, all deadlines, including the peremptory ones, relating to administrative proceedings (on request of the parties or ex officio) pending on 23 February 2020 or commenced after that date, were suspended until 15 April 2020.
Moreover, certificates, attestations, permits, concessions, authorizations and enabling acts, however named, expiring between 31 January and 15 April 2020 shall remain valid until 15 June 2020.


By decision of 16 March 2020, all deadlines expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 will be extended until 1 May 2020.
This means that time limits are extended until Monday 4 May, given that Friday 1 May is a public holiday.


By decision of 15 March 2020, all deadlines expiring after 15 March 2020 will be extended until 17 April 2020.
This applies also for international applications under the PCT.

We will keep you duly updated on any news, remaining at your disposal for any further assistance.

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