Covid 19

September 2020

UPDATES ON LOCAL IP OFFICES WORKING HOURS AND PROCEDURES DUE TO COVID 19

Country

Is the IP office Operational?

Can we file applications

Can we delay submission of documents?

Can we file oppositions?

Are deadlines postponed?

Official decree issued?

Related links

Algeria

Yes

Yes

Yes

NA

No

No

Bahrain

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

 

Egypt

Yes

Yes/ we need to take an appointment

Yes

Yes

No

No

 

Gaza

Yes

Yes

Yes as there is no ability to submit documents now

Yes

No

No

 

GCC PTO

Yes

Yes

No

NA

No

No

Iran

Yes (in official house of TMO working days)

Yes

Yes*

Yes

No

No

* file requests with scanned copies of documents and 60 days are provided to send the originals. This can be extended for another 60-day period

Iraq

No

No

No

No

No

No

Jordan

Yes*

Yes / we need to take an appointment

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

*We can settle the filing publication fees online

**They postponed opposition deadlines for all official gazettes published since 19-Dec-19 to ensure IP rights are respected. Deadlines have been postponed in a staggered manner depending on date of initial publication http://alyafi-ip.com/oppositions-deadlines-have-been-postponed-jordan

Kuwait

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Lebanon

No*

Urgent matter + few registration per day

Yes

NA

Yes**

No

*50% of employees are working

**Deadlines postponed until the end of year

Libya

Yes

Yes

Yes*

No

No

No

*Applications can be filed using a simple copy of a simply signed POA and simple copy of the CR until a legalized POA and CR can be provided by the applicant.

Morocco

Yes online*

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

*TMO is open but most employees are still working remotely

Oman

Yes*

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

*With 50% staff

Qatar

Yes

Yes online

No

Yes

No

No

Saudi Arabia

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

Sudan

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

Syria

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

No

Tunisia

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

UAE

Yes

Yes

No Official statement

Yes

No official statement

No

West Bank

Electronically only

Yes

Yes as there is no ability to submit documents now

Yes

*Yes

Yes

*Yes, the POA submission is extended up to three months as of the end of the status of emergency declared due to COVID-19

**They extended the legal time limit for oppositions and calculation of fines

Yemen

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

No