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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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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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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.

 

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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3 April 2020

Update: from the Executive Director of the EUIPO

The Executive Director of the EUIPO, Christian Archambeau, has released a video message updating users and stakeholders on the measures the Office has taken to continue its work during the coronavirus outbreak and the state of emergency in Spain.

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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.

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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.

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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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