UK IPO deadline extensions to end
The UK IPO has announced its ‘interrupted days’ will finish at the end of July.
Following a review of the current climate, the UK IPO has declared that its 'interrupted days' period will end on 29th July – next month.
The UK IPO originally declared that deadlines would be extended via its ‘interrupted days’ provisions in March, a move that has subsequently been regularly reviewed.
Deadlines for most trade marks, designs, patents, supplementary protection certificates, and applications for these rights, which fall on an interrupted day have been extended.
Following the latest review, the UK IPO has said its interrupted days period will come to an end on 29th July.
This will mean that the first normal day of operation when all interrupted days deadlines expire will be Thursday 30th July.
The UK IPO is working to put in place measures that will ease burdens on business following the end of the period of interruption. This includes seeking Parliamentary approval to enable the temporary removal of fees for requests of extensions.
Tim Moss, CEO of the UK IPO said:
“We recognise that our customers will be facing challenges for some time to come and will naturally look to us to provide flexibility and support.
“Five weeks’ notice before ending ‘interrupted days’ is one of the practical measures we are implementing. It will give businesses time to plan and help them to maintain their valuable IP.”
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