Date published: 17 March
Last updated: 27 March
In response to the unfolding situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), we are trying to maintain business as usual with staff working remotely, but need to put in place the following measures.
Our offices in Holborn will be closed from tomorrow (March 18) until further notice. All meetings and clinics scheduled to be held at our offices will be hosted remotely by staff via video and teleconference wherever possible. We will communicate further details about this to members and others affected in due course.
We are determined that our webinar programme and other services to our members and to the public should not be affected. We urge members to continue to support our webinars and to engage with CIPA to ensure the sustainability of our services throughout this crisis.
The COVID-19 situation remains unpredictable. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask members to show patience and understanding if we have to cancel or reschedule at short notice. We are continuously monitoring the situation and will provide updates and links to responses from the main IP service providers on this page as necessary. Please take care and stay safe.
As a member of the Confederation of British Industry, CIPA received the following business support information for small businesses and published this note to members on 25 March:
COVID-19 Business support for small firms
Updated links to latest information:
EPO and EUIPO services and COVID-19
EPO constantly updated information (EPO website)
IPO: Coronavirus advice for applicants (IPO website)
IPO services and COVID-19 (IPO website)
USPTO services and COVID-19 (USPTO website)
WIPO services and COVID-19 (WIPO website)