25.03.20

2s-ip on your side amid COVID-19

2s-ip supports you in time of crisis also

Since March 21, 2020, limitations are in effect in Bavaria because of COVID-19 pandemia, which have been extended to all of Germany March 23, 2020. Those restrictions are in force at least until April 3, 2020 but we expect them to be extended further. Offices and courts, being important for intellectual property protection, are affected also (see below for details).

In order to protect our employees and our clients, we will conduct no physical meetings in our office for the time being. Also in order to reduce the infection risk and at the same time to increase the stability of operation, we did split our team into two groups, whereas just one of the groups is present in the office physically, whereas the other group works from home office. We are equipped technically in a way so that this is easily possible.

This means for our clients that we can be reached as usual – not always in the office, but unchanged via email, telefax or postal service as well as under the known telephone numbers via phone. We are used to file briefs and requests to courts and patent offices online already for a long time (as far as that is possible). Therefore, all necessary equipment is set up and in use already so that you won’t recognize any difference here.

In addition, the official side also contributes some measures in order to relax the situation a little bit. For example the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA), the European Patent Office (EPO) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) have extended all terms across-the-board and decided that there will be no disadvantages for applicants and users by ‘missing’ terms in the next days and weeks. More specifically, the following regulations are in place (status: March 24, 2020):

DPMA (I): Terms set by the office are automatically prolonged until May 4, 2020 without any request needed. Up to that date, there will be no decisions just because of an expiration of term (details).

DPMA (II): Terms set by law cannot be extended. In so far, the German Patent and Trademark Office refers to the possibility of reinstatement (details). Please connect with us.

EPO: All terms expiring on or after March 15, 2020, will automatically be extended until April 17, 2020 (details).

EUIPO: All terms expiring between March 9 and April 30, 2020, will automatically be extended until May 1, 2020 (that is practically until May 4, 2020 as May 1 is a public holiday here) (details).

BPatG: The Federal Patent Court (BPatG) is closed between March 23 and (at least) April 19. There will be no oral proceedings in that time, all oral proceedings being set for this period of time are cancelled. A filing of suits is still possible, the rest of the operation will be as usual (details – German only).

Regional Court (LG) and Higher Regional Court Munich (OLG): No limitations, but the public is asked to avoid unnecessary visits (details LG and OLG – German only).

We will keep you informed about future measures continuously.

MS/24.03.2020

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