In view of the spread of Covid-19 in Spain, the government has now strongly restricted public activities and mobility in all the country, at least until March 29, 2020.
Responding to the situation, and in order to protect our employees and the wider community, the vast majority of our attorneys, paralegals and support staff are now working remotely, with totally secure access to our docketing databases and e-mail: there will be no interruption or delay in the delivery of our usual high-quality services. Meetings with our staff are being rescheduled, or switched to Skype or Zoom calls.
The European Patent Office (EPO) has extended to 17 April 2020 all time periods expiring on or after 15 March 2020 for European applications and PCT applications at the EPO. For the Spanish PTO, according to the government’s decree deadlines are also suspended until the end of the state of alarm. The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) has extended to 1 May 2020 the time limits for trademarks and designs. In any case, if any IP office before which we act as representatives should implement further measures affecting the prosecution of one of your cases, such as postponing or suspending upcoming deadlines, we will inform you and we will publish the news or our website www.zbm-patents.eu. However, please note that the priority right under the Paris Convention cannot be extended.