India: Covid -19 Update: Extension of Deadlines to May 18, 2020
The Indian Intellectual Property Office (IPO), vide public notice date May 4, 2020, has extended the due dates as follows:
For cases with deadlines falling between March 25 and May 17, 2020: New deadline is May 18, 2020.
For cases with deadline on or after May 18, 2020: There is no change.
As you may know, the Government of India had announced a countrywide lockdown beginning March 25, which was extended till May 03, 2020 on 14th April, 2020. The Government of India on May 1, 2020 had announced an extension of countrywide lockdown until May 17, 2020.
The office of CGPDTM, considering the fact that all the IP offices in India are located in Red Zones (Hotspots), issued a notification confirming that all due dates with respect to timelines/periods prescribed under the IP Acts and Rules towards completion of various acts/proceedings, filing of any reply/document, payment of fees, etc, stand extended and the new deadline for all such above-mentioned cases shall be 18th May, 2020.
Our teams are working remotely with robust IT systems in place and we continue to serve clients in the usual manner. Please note that e-filing services of the IPO remain unaffected during the lockdown. Please feel free to contact us for any clarifications and we shall keep you posted on any further developments.