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The EUIPO is committed to supporting its users during the COVID-19 pandemic, both here in the EU and around the world. The Office remains open for business, and continues to receive and process trade mark and design applications and work as normally as possible during the current situation.

Cooperation work with national and regional EU IP offices, international partners, stakeholders and other partners also continues at this time.

 

 

24 July 2020

Update from the Executive Director of the EUIPO

The Executive Director of the EUIPO, Christian Archambeau, has released a new video update on the current situation at the Office. Mr. Archambeau gave information on filing trends, and on the new Ideas Powered for Business hub, which contains a series of initiatives to assist SMEs.

With the majority of the EUIPO’s staff still teleworking since the start of the COVID-19 crisis in Spain, Mr. Archambeau also gave an update on the return plan to the EUIPO’s headquarters, set for the beginning of September.

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01 July 2020

Update from the Executive Director of the EUIPO

The Executive Director of the EUIPO, Christian Archambeau, has released a video update on the launch of the Office’s Strategic Plan 2025.

Mr. Archambeau thanked stakeholders and contributors to the Strategic Plan’s consultation process, and outlined its main strategic drivers under which the EUIPO’s actions would be carried out over the next five years.

He underlined the launch today of the Ideas Powered for Business hub, which offers personalised IP services for businesses.

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12 June 2020

Update from the Executive Director of the EUIPO

The EUIPO stands with the Spanish people in the ten day official mourning period decreed by the Spanish government to

The Executive Director of the EUIPO, Christian Archambeau, has released a new video update on the current situation at the Office, at the start of the return to work plan.

Mr. Archambeau confirmed that a group of approximately 70 volunteers had entered the office in the first phase of the return plan, conforming to all safety precautions, while the rest of the staff continues to telework.

He also confirmed that, after the end of the extension period, the last of the 21 000 delayed EU trade marks were published earlier this week, with the 4 800 international registrations affected due to be published by the end of the month.

Mr. Archambeau gave details of the virtual Management Board and Budget Committee meeting as well as new SME initiatives, including the recent call for interest in pro-bono services.

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29 May 2020

Remembering the victims of coronavirus in Spain

The EUIPO stands with the Spanish people in the ten day official mourning period decreed by the Spanish government to remember the victims of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The Spanish flag has been lowered to half-mast outside the Office’s premises in respect for and in memory of the victims.

On behalf of all the Office’s staff, the Executive Director, Christian Archambeau, expressed his solidarity with the families and loved ones of all those who lost their lives during the course of the outbreak.

 

 

29 May 2020

Update from the Executive Director of the EUIPO

The Executive Director of the EUIPO, Christian Archambeau, has released a new video update on the current situation at the Office. Mr. Archambeau noted that due to the end of the second extension of time limits period on 18 May, approximately 21 000 EUTMs need to be published over a period of weeks to avoid technical issues.

He gave an update on improvements to the eComm system which will help users to replace their use of fax communications, and underlined the continuing success of virtual meetings at the Office. Mr. Archambeau also updated users on the Office’s return plan, which begins in June.

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21 May 2020

EUIPO’s Service Charter shows positive results in the first quarter 2020

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office has been able to comply with its timeliness, quality and accessibility commitments during the first quarter of 2020. Certain timeliness indicators have also improved during this period, namely the EU trade mark direct filings and registered Community designs registration. Only the timeliness in cancellation decisions still remains in ‘Actions Needed’

 

 

New timeliness indicator in recordals

The new EU trade mark and registered Community design timeliness indicator for recordals measures several types of recordals, like Change of name/Representative, Transfers (EUTM/RCD), Corrections (EUTM/RCD) and Seniority (EUTM). These recordals represent approximately 85 % of all the recordals the Office receives. As this indicator has been included in the Service Charter as from 2020, the previous figures have been calculated using 2020 parameters to illustrate the evolution.

 

 

What is the EUIPO’s Service Charter?
The Service Charter underpins all the Office’s quality activities and represents the EUIPO commitment to its users. The Service Charter sets out what users can expect from the Office in three core areas:

  • Timeliness, or how long it takes to deliver a service;
  • Accessibility, or how well and quickly the Office makes services available to users by phone, email and through e-business applications;
  • Quality of decisions, or how EUIPO decisions measure up against agreed quality criteria.

More information

 

15 May 2020

Update from the Executive Director of the EUIPO

The Executive Director of the EUIPO, Christian Archambeau, has released a video update on the current situation at the Office. Mr. Archambeau underlined today’s publication of the Guidance Note on the end of the extension of time limits, to assist users.

Mr. Archambeau also updated users on the Office’s successful use of videoconferencing during the current COVID-19 crisis, and confirmed that the first virtual Stakeholder Quality Assurance Panel meetings will begin next month.

EUIPO’s staff has been teleworking since 16 March, in accordance with the state of emergency declared by the Spanish government. Mr. Archambeau gave details on the first phase of the Office’s return plan, to be carried out in full compliance with health and safety advice.

 

15 May 2020

COVID-19: Time limits after end of extension period

On 18 May 2020, the exceptional extensions granted to users by two decisions of the Executive Director of the EUIPO (Decision No EX-20-3 and Decision No EX-20-4) come to an end.

The extensions began on 9 March, to support users during the COVID-19 pandemic, and covered all procedural deadlines, irrespective of whether they had been set by the Office or were stipulated in the Regulations. The extensions had automatic effect.

Although the scope of both Decisions ends on 18 May, the Office has provided users with further guidance on the regular means of coping with time limits stipulated in the applicable Regulations, in case they still face operational difficulties in view of the pandemic arising from measures taken by public authorities against the pandemic, or sickness of the party and / or their representative, etc.

For the information of users, a new Guidance Note has been published today.

The Note gives guidance on the following: 

  • Extension of time limits in ex parte and inter partes proceedings (Article 68 EUTMDR and Article 57 CDIR)
  • Suspension of proceedings (Article 71 EUTMDR)
  • Continuation of proceedings (Article 105 EUTMR)
  • Restitutio in Integrum (Article 104 EUTMR and Article 67 CDR)

The EUIPO Guidelines, and the Rules of Procedure of the Boards of Appeal of EUIPO shall be interpreted in the light of this communication in so far as they relate to the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, on Tuesday 19 May at 11.00 CEST, the EUIPO Academy will live-stream a webinar to briefly explain the regular means of coping with time limits foreseen in the applicable Regulation (such as extension of time limits, suspension of proceedings or continuation of proceedings) in case parties before the Office still face difficulties in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The webinar will specifically highlight the conditions under which parties to the proceedings before the Office can obtain a second extension of their time limits under current Office practice.

 

06 May 2020

23rd Liaison Meeting – Online session on COVID-19 related Trade Marks

The EUIPO is hosting the first Online session of the 23rd Liaison Meeting on Trade Marks on 6 May 2020, for the first time through digital means.

The 23rd Liaison Meeting on Trade Marks was initially planned to take place in Alicante on 10-11 March. Due to the rapidly evolving spread of the COVID-19 through Europe, the Office decided to prioritise the health of its stakeholders, staff and providers above all other professional considerations. All meetings and events during the months of March, April and May have been postponed or virtualised, including the 23rd Liaison Meeting on Trade Marks.

This first online session of the 23rd Liaison Meeting on Trade Marks will be dedicated to an exchange of views on COVID-19 related trade mark applications.

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30 April 2020

Update from the Executive Director of EUIPO

With the EUIPO now ending the sixth full week of near-universal teleworking, the Executive Director, Christian Archambeau, has released a video update on the current situation at the Office.

Mr. Archambeau gave details on the extension of time limits announced yesterday, to support the Office's users during this time. He revealed that output in the Office remained at normal levels and quality checks were being performed with good results. 

Mr. Archambeau also underlined that meetings with stakeholders and users across the EU are still continuing, albeit in virtual format, and that work was intensifying to support SMEs.

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29 April 2020

COVID-19: further extension of deadlines

The Executive Director of the EUIPO has today published Decision No EX-20-4, extending until 18 May 2020 all time limits expiring between 1 May 2020 and 17 May 2020., to further support and assist users during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the second extension of time limits with widespread application as a response to the exceptional circumstances caused by the pandemic. Decision No EX-20-3, published on 16 March, extended until 1 May 2020 all time limits expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020.

In effect, all deadlines expiring between 9 March and 17 May are extended until 18 May.

The extension covers all procedural deadlines, irrespective of whether they have been set by the Office or are stipulated directly in the Regulations, and the effect is automatic.

The Office has prepared an information note giving full details of the scope of Decision No EX-20-4, which can be accessed below, along with the Decision:

ACCESS DECISION NO EX-20-4 INFORMATION AND FURTHER GUIDANCE NOTE ON DECISION NO EX-20-4

 

17 April 2020

International trade mark application or registration – E-mail for electronic communications

Due to the suspension of postal service in Switzerland caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has announced that is not able to send or receive communications by postal mail until further notice.

In order to facilitate electronic communications under the Madrid System with applicants, holders and representatives, WIPO has asked the EUIPO for access to e-mail addresses from applicants who have based their International Application on a European Union Trade Mark (EUTM). The EUIPO will contact relevant applicants regarding the e-mail addresses available in the User Area. For further information, contact us at information@euipo.europa.eu.

 

17 April 2020

Update from the Executive Director of EUIPO

The Executive Director of the EUIPO, Christian Archambeau, has released a video update for stakeholders and users on the situation at the Office as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The EUIPO moved to full teleworking five weeks ago, as a result of the state of emergency declared by the Spanish government.

Mr. Archambeau confirmed that, despite the current restrictions, production at the Office continues at almost normal levels, with work proceeding across EUIPO’s remit as usual. He highlighted that cooperation activities with the national and regional IP offices of the EU and stakeholders continue in virtual format.

The Executive Director added that the EUIPO is planning for an eventual return to its premises when conditions allow, while keeping the health and safety of staff to the forefront.

Watch Mr. Archambeau’s video here

 

15 April 2020

DesignEuropa Awards: deadline extended

Due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the application and nomination period for the DesignEuropa Awards has been extended to 8 May 2020 inclusive.

The two categories open for applications and nominations are Small and Emerging Companies and Industry.

The Lifetime Achievement category is reserved for designers with a significant body of work, developed over the course of a career, who have had a demonstrable impact on the design profession. This category is nomination-only.

It’s quick and easy to apply and nominate, and it can be done entirely online.

The DesignEuropa Awards 2020 ceremony will be held in Eindhoven on 20 October, in collaboration with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property.

The extension of the deadline for nominations and applications to 8 May 2020 supersedes the previous deadline set in the Rules of the DesignEuropa Awards.

 

19 March 2020

Update: Extension of time limits COVID 19: time limits affected, nature of extension and communications to users

In order to provide users with further guidance on Decision No EX-20-3 extending time limits expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 in the context of the coronavirus outbreak, a clarification has been issued about the time limits affected by the extension, the nature of the extension and the measures to adapt communications sent to users and the impact on current accounts.

Read the clarification here

 

16 March 2020

Update: 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.

Access the Decision here

 

16 March 2020

Update: measures in place after activation of ‘state of alarm’ in Spain:

On 14 March, the Spanish government activated a ‘state of alarm’ due to the spread of COVID-19 across Spain. Among the measures announced by Royal Decree 463/2020 is a limitation of movement, meaning that citizens and residents of Spain should leave their homes only under very specific circumstances, such as to buy food and medicines.

As a result, at the weekend, 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.

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