Date: 31 March 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 1 May 2020. The situation will be reviewed on 17 April 2020. Please contact us if you have any queries as to how your deadlines are affected.
EUIPO – All deadlines falling between 9 March and 30 April will be automatically extended until 1 May 2020. However, deadlines for appeals to the General Court from the Boards of Appeal at the EUIPO are not extended.
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 17 April 2020.
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