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Coronavirus / COVID-19 Update

We provide a brief summary below on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our services and official deadlines. This page will be kept up to date.


Brookes IP remains able to offer all our usual services relating to intellectual property. All staff are able to work remotely but some members of staff are in the office most days now following the easing of restrictions. Although we hope to be able to answer the phone, it would help us greatly if all clients can contact us via email, either to your usual contact or to, rather than by phone, unless a specific arrangement has been made. If we cannot answer the phone, it will be possible to leave a message and these are being checked frequently.

Official Deadlines

The European Patent Office (EPO) blanket extension of all deadlines to 2 June 2020 has come to an end. It may however be possible to obtain further time in specific circumstances. See the EPO information here and the latest notice here.

The EUIPO (EU trade marks and designs) extension of all deadlines to 18 May 2020 has come to an end. Extensions may still be possible in specific circumstances. See here.

The UKIPO has certified an interruption and all deadlines from 24 March 2020 to 29 July 2020 are extended to 30 July 2020 when the interruption will end. See here. The formal notice is here. From 30 July 2020, the registration of UK trade marks will resume and trade mark applications which have been delayed should be registered and certificates issued by the end of August, unless they are opposed. Any oppositions to delayed trade mark applications must be filed by 30 July 2020.

Our thoughts are with all our clients and contacts around the world at this challenging time.