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Measures Taken by Intellectual Property Offices Worldwide to Counter the Impact of the COVID-19 Pendemic

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are being felt on a worldwide scale and across all industries. The legal services industry is no exception with many law firms throughout the world taking various measures to cope with the economic and social distancing effects of the pandemic. Furthermore, various government offices throughout the world are also having to cope with this situation, including various intellectual property offices. A major component involved in the protection of intellectual property rights throughout the world includes processing of applications for trademarks, patents and copyrights. Intellectual property offices are taking measures to counter the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including extension of deadlines for various patent and trademark filings, and also for some administrative proceedings, such as cancellation and opposition proceedings. Below are some examples of measures taken by various intellectual property offices to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to protect the safety of their employees and the community.

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