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March 16, 2020 About the EUIPO
Decision of the Executive Director: extension of time limits COVID-19
On 11 March 2020, the Director-General of the World Health Organization announced that the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can be characterised as a pandemic.
The outbreak has significantly affected worldwide communications, and constitutes an exceptional occurrence, which has disrupted proper communication between parties worldwide and the Office.
As a result, the Executive Director of the EUIPO has today (16 March) signed a decision extending all time limits expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020, that affect all parties before the Office, to 1 May 2020. In practice, this means that time limits are extended until Monday 4 May, given that Friday 1 May is a public holiday.