Due to the unprecedented disruption and to support rights holders, businesses and IP professionals at this time, the UK IPO declared 24 March 2020, and subsequent days until further notice, “interrupted days”. This means that any deadlines for trade marks, including applications, which fall on an interrupted day will be extended until the IPO notifies the end of the interrupted days period.
The UK IPO reviewed the situation on 22 June 2020 and has decided to end the period of interruption on 29 July 2020. This will mean that the first normal day of operation when all interrupted days deadlines expire will be Thursday 30 July.
The IPO encourages everyone to continue to work to existing deadlines if possible. Interrupted days have been introduced as a safety net where the normal course of business is not possible. To read the update on the IPO’s website, click here.
Updated: 22 June 2020