The Trinidad and Tobago IP Office has announced it is discontinuing the option for making payments via cash at the registry's various offices. The move, made due to the ongoing pandemic, is to encourage users to use the registry's online payment services. However, cash payments can still be made at one specific location (the Treasury Building in Port of Spain), with the registry stating: "Cash payments should be avoided if possible."
The UK IP Office (UKIPO) has extended its 'period of interruption' until at least 28 May 2020. The move means that most deadlines for trademarks, designs, patents, and supplementary protection certification are classed as 'interrupted days' and so can be easily extended. However, a UKIPO representative added: "Please continue to work to existing deadlines wherever possible. Interrupted days have been introduced as a safety net where the normal course of business is not possible."
The Peru IP Office (INDECOPI) has announced that documents submitted online "no longer need to be presented physically". The move, which will apply until 31 December 2020, is in the framework of Peru's ongoing state of sanitary emergency related to the coronavirus. Previously, documents had to be submitted physically within three days after an electronic submission. Now, documents sent by digital means will have as date of receipt the day that it was sent electronically. There are some exceptions, including identity checks.
The Latvian IP Office (LRPV) has confirmed that it will waive certain fees related to time limits, such as requests for renewals or continuation of proceedings. According LRPV director Sandris Laganovskis: "It is necessary to waive the fee for the relevant services of the Patent Office if the applicant is objectively affected by the restrictions of covid-19. This also applies to rights holders in other countries, when the state of emergency in Latvia will be lifted, but the emergency situations declared in these countries and the adopted restrictions will make it impossible to comply with the set deadlines."