On the 16th of March the EUIPO issued the following statement:

The Executive Director of the EUIPO authorised the activation of the Office’s business continuity protocol, with the effect that as and from Monday 16 March, all EUIPO staff will work from home. This is done to protect the health and safety of staff, stakeholders and the wider community.

Measures have been implemented to ensure an uninterrupted service for users; as far as possible under the circumstances, business at the EUIPO continues as usual. Trade mark and design applications will continue to be received, examined and published, and the Office will continue to send communications and set deadlines. Bulletins will continue to be published as usual.

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

Our Information Centre and Second Line will continue to operate as normal to receive queries by phone or email.

We are committed to providing the best service to our users we can during this period, and we will be publishing regular updates on our website and through our social media channels.

Users are also advised that the Office’s headquarters will remain closed until further notice; no visitors will be admitted and all events scheduled at the Office during this period are postponed.