Responding to COVID-19 – AWA remains fully operational

As the coronavirus continues to spread globally, we wish to let you know that our first priority is the safety and well-being of our employees, clients, families and partners around the world.

We have taken measures in order to do our part in trying to delay the spread of the virus and help flatten the curve.

Plans are in place to ensure that we can continue to deliver the highest level of quality service and execution under these unique circumstances. A large percentage of our employees across the world are working from home in order to minimise contact.

However, it is business as usual as AWA remains fully operational during this time. We are utilising electronic case files and procedures to meet due dates as IP offices around the world remain open. Certain offices are providing extensions, but at this time we are committed to working within existing deadlines.

EPO and EUIPO

The European Patent Office (EPO) has published an advanced Notice announcing that deadlines are extended until 17 April 2020. It is expected the Notice will be published in the Official Journal shortly.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has extended all time limits expiring between 9 March and 30 April, that affect all parties before the Office to 1 May 2020.

For updates on national IP offices, we encourage you to look at World Trademark Review's in-depth coverage which is tracking measures across the world.

Contact

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your usual contact at AWA if you have any questions. We are encouraging everyone to utilise video and virtual meetings during this time.

Our thoughts are with the people who have been affected by this and we appreciate the frontline healthcare workers, local communities and governments working to contain COVID-19.