2020-03-18

Covid-19 : Office Freylinger & official deadlines

Continuity of operations

In relation to the Covid-19 outbreak, we would like to inform you that we have taken appropriate measures to ensure that Office Freylinger will continue to operate without any disruption in our services, while ensuring the safety of our teams.

We are committed to protecting our employees and helping the community throughout the containment and mitigation processes. Thus, effective immediately our attorneys and staff will be largely working remotely to help stem the spread of the virus, while maintaining our commitment to meeting our clients’ goals and objectives.

We are monitoring all the deadlines and adapting them based on the various decisions rendered by the international, regional and national offices, so as to ensure that all IP rights in our care will be preserved and safely maintained.

We thank you to maximize use of the electronic communications where possible without copies by courier or regular mail.

We remain at your entire disposal should you have any further questions.

Extension of time limits

The EPO, EUIPO, and BOIP have announced that, in response to the disruption caused by COVID-19, deadlines at the offices will be extended.

  • The European Patent Office announced that all deadlines are extended until 17 April 2020. (read the Notice of 15 March 2020)
  • At the EUIPO, deadlines are extended until 1 May 2020. (read the decision here)
  • Before the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property, all deadlines, including the opposition deadlines, are suspended until further notice (until the end of any “social restrictions” caused by the virus).