Important IP Updates Covid-19 | 29.05.2020

Update depending on the information provided. Covers the jurisdictions where Inventa International operates.


Algeria - National Institute of Industrial Property is open but with limited service hours. More info.

Angola - The Angolan Patent and Trademark Office announced the resumption of its activities since April, 27, although with some operating restrictions. More info.

ARIPO (African Regional Intellectual Property Organization) -  National lockdown extended indefinitely. The Office remains operational but close to the public. Users are encouraged to use 24-hour online services to file applications and make online payments. More info.

Botswana - CIPA provides an online business registration system available 24/7. Documents must be sent by email.

Cape Verde - IGQPI open, since May 18. In Santiago island, the state of emergency was extended until May 29, however, some services opened doors in advance.

Djibouti - PTO open with conditional services, until new information.

Egypt - All services of the Egypt IP Office are suspended until May, 26. Online services are still possible. Since April 14, was allocated a day to each agent in Egypt to submit procedures.

Ethiopia - Open. Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office (EIPO) has extended all deadlines until July 19, 2020.

Ghana - Industrial Property Office has resumed its activity, however, any meetings are still suspended thus will be resumed accordingly.

Kenya - KIPI remains open, however, with essential services. Applicants are requested to file applications and other documents by email.

Lesotho - Until further notice, The Trademarks Registry and most other institutions in Lesotho are closed due to national lockdown.

Liberia - A three-week lockdown has been declared by the Government until May, 01. The PTO will be closed during this period and not accepting any applications.

Libya - PTO in partial operation, with reduced hours.

Madagascar - The Malagasy Industrial Property Office (OMAPI) working hours were rescheduled from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Mauritius - National Confinement extended until June, 01.

Morocco - National lockdown extended until June 10. All services - including the ones that are not available online - must be sent by email or submit by online filling.

Nigeria - Gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos and Abuja effective from May, 4. The Trade Marks, Patents and Design Registry remains closed.

OAPI (African Organization of Intellectual Property) - All deadlines between May 1 and May 31 extended until July 15. OAPI working hours were rescheduled from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm. More info.

Sao Tome and Principe - National Confinement until May, 17.

South Africa - Patent and Trademarks Office open since May, 4.

Sudan -  Sudan Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) closed. Employees are working remotely. 

Tunisia - INNORPI resumed partial activity between 4 and 24 May, 2020. Working hours were rescheduled from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.

Zimbabwe - National lockdown extended indefinitely. The Intellectual Property Institute is closed to the public.


European Patent Office (EPO) -  All oral proceedings in opposition scheduled until 14 September 2020, which have not already been confirmed to take place by videoconference, are postponed until further notice. More info.

European Union Intellectual Property Institute (EUIPO) - Deadlines between May 1 and May 17, 2020, postponed until May 18, 2020. More info.

Portugal - Working remotely. The National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) is operational.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) - WIPO premises are closed to the public, but in full operation with remote working. All communication by postal mail was suspended. Until further notice, documents will be sent only via email and users are urged to communicate exclusively by electronic means.


Macao - PTO in full operation.

East Timor - Publications in local newspaper without restrictions.

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