Date: 1 June 2020
Maucher Jenkins is carefully following government guidance to ensure that appropriate action is taken to care for the health and safety of our staff, but also to ensure that business continuity is maintained.
Following the most recent guidance from the UK and German Governments, all of our staff in the UK are now working remotely, and our UK Offices are closed. A redirection system is set up for all incoming calls and mail being sent to our UK Offices and this will be managed as usual.
Our staff in Germany are, in the main, working remotely, with a skeleton staff attending the offices on a daily basis. We will continue to maintain a skeleton staff in our offices where government guidance deems this to be possible.
Through our well-established remote working practices, Maucher Jenkins will be able to run operations without any interruption and will continue to provide an excellent service to our clients.
Intellectual Property Offices have indicated that there will be some relaxation of deadlines, as follows:
UKIPO – The majority of deadlines from 24 March onwards are extended to at least 22 June 2020. The situation will be reviewed on 22 June 2020. Please contact us if you have any queries as to how your deadlines are affected.
EUIPO – Following a period of automatic deadline extensions, the EUIPO is now operating normally and all deadlines should be responded to. However, the EUIPO has stated that it will be sympathetic in considering further requests for deadline extensions. Please contact us if you have any queries regarding your deadlines.
EPO – From 2nd April 2020, all new oral proceedings before examining divisions will, by default, take place by videoconference (VC). Please read more on the EPO's arrangements for videoconferencing here: EPO shifts to videoconferencing. All time limits expiring on or after 15 March 2020 are automatically extended until 2 June 2020. For time limits expiring before 15 March 2020, the EPO has facilitated the use of legal remedies for users located in areas directly affected by disruptions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Updated 28 May 2020: EPO deadlines are not extended beyond 2 June 2020, but deadlines can still be extended under Rule 134(5) if evidence is provided that the applicant was unable to meet the deadline due to disruption by COVID-19.
Germany – All requests for an extension of a deadline are likely to be granted. However, deadlines set by law cannot be extended.
Should you have any questions or concerns in regards to your Intellectual Property, please contact Our Team