The Canadian IP Office (CIPO) has announced a further extension to deadlines, and confirmed that further extensions may be granted in the future. Specifically, CIPO has automatically extended all deadlines falling between 16 March and 19 July 2020 until 20 July 2020.
The UK IP Office (UKIPO) has informed users that, in light of 'interrupted days' ending on 29 July 2020, it will introduce a temporary reduction on certain trademark, design, and patent fees. Specifically, the UKIPO announced that fees for extensions of time will be zero, fees to apply for reinstatement and restoration will be zero, there will be zero surcharge for late patent of a renewal fee on patents and designs, and a £1 surcharge for payment of late renewal fees on trademarks. These fees changes will be in place from 30 July 2020 until 31 March 2021.
The Brazilian IP Office (INPI) has announced the extension of teleworking until at least 16 August 2020. The move, due to ongoing measures to prevent to prevent infection and the spread of covid-19, could change according to weekly infection reports in Rio de Janeiro. However, from 6 July 2020, staff members can optionally travel to the INPI headquarters to "re-adapt to face-to-face work".
The Peruvian IP Office (Indepcopi) has extended face-to-face services at its headquarters following a restricted re-opening on 17 June 2020. From last week, the Indecopi premises is open to the public from Monday until Friday from 10am to 1pm, with a reduced capacity of 30%. In addition, the use of masks is required, gel alcohol will be provided, users' footwear will be disinfected, and the temperature of users will be measures with infrared thermometers.
The Dominican Republic IP Office (ONAPI) has announced measures following the lifting of the state of emergency in the Caribbean country. From July 6, the registry confirmed that deadlines that were previously suspended will now resume. Along with the resumption of deadlines, ONAPI further confirmed that many services offered digitally will not be provided in-person for the time being, including trademark filing and renewals. For services that are available at the ONAPI premises, an appointment is required (available with a request by email: 'email@example.com').
The Finland IP Office (PRH) has confirmed the re-opening of its Helsinki office from 3 August 2020. The registry's customer service will be open from 12pm until 4.15pm on weekdays from that date, will self-service computers no longer in use.