Update from the EUIPO on COVID-19 Measures

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The Executive Director of the EUIPO, Christian Archambeau, earlier today 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. “As this blanket extension comes to an end on the 18th of May, the office has published today a note that provides users with all the information they need if they still face operational and financial difficulties due to the pandemic“, he said.

He 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.

According to him, the Office will hold a special webinar on the 19th of May at 11AM Central European Summer Time. The webinar will explain the available means of coping with time limits if the parties before the Office face difficulty and need extension or suspension or continuation of proceeding.

EUIPO’s staff have been teleworking since March 16, 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.

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Ufuoma is a Senior Editor and Director of Regulatory Policy at NLIPW. She assists clients in the protection of copyrights, trademarks and patents. She counsels clients regarding validity and infringement matters and has experience acting against the infringement of IP and addressing counterfeit issues. She holds a Masters degree (LL.M.) from Columbia Law School, New York and a law degree from the University of Nigeria (LL.B. Honors). She is admitted to practice law in Nigeria and in the State of New York. Ufuoma cut her teeth in the intellectual property practice groups of some of the largest law firms in Nigeria and has years of experience working with major non-profit organizations in New York. Email: uakpotaire@nlipw.com