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COVID-19 — our plan and response

UPDATE — 24 March 2020

Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 23 March 2020 our offices will now be closed until further notice. We will still be operating our full range of services remotely and can be contacted either by email or phone.

During what will be a challenging period for everyone, we would like to assure all our clients and partners of our continued support to your businesses. We will be contacting you to see how we can help both with immediate short-term issues and protecting your long-term interests.

In the meantime, we hope that everyone stays safe and well.

Best wishes,

Alan Fiddes & Alison Simpson

Joint Managing Partners



We continue to follow official UK government guidance on the coronavirus COVID-19.

In light of the latest guidance, we have now moved our teams to remote working. Our remote access technology is in place and we are operating seamlessly. In terms of your experience working with us, nothing will change — it’s business as usual. Our teams are prepared and continue to support you in these testing times.

We continue to carefully monitor the response from relevant intellectual property offices, including the EPO, EUIPO and UKIPO, regarding extensions or other changes to policy.

The current situation is as follows:


All time limits expiring after 15 March 2020 are automatically extended to 17 April 2020. This term may possibly be extended by further notice. This applies also to international applications under the PCT.

See: www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/official-journal/information-epo/archive/20200315.html


All time limits expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 are extended until 1 May 2020.

See: https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/news/-/action/view/5644698


The IPO will extend time periods where national and international legislation allows. It is willing to support affected customers using the discretionary powers available.

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/coronavirus-advice-for-rights-applicants

We will continue to keep you updated as and when anything changes.

If you have any specific questions about your IP, get in touch with your regular advisor. To stay updated as soon as anything changes, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, where we will communicate any major IP developments as a result of COVID-19.

Take care,

Your UDL team

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