Baldwins COVID-19 update
Monday 23rd March 2020
Baldwins has activated its business continuity plans to ensure uninterrupted delivery of services to our clients. As our staff are operating remotely, we ask that all correspondence is electronic.
We continue to monitor the situation of COVID-19 closely and understand how this may be an uncertain time for many. As we navigate through this evolving situation, we would like to keep you updated on the procedures put in place to protect the wellbeing of our people, as well as ensuring our clients and agents receive the same consistent and reliable service.
Detailed below is the current available information on particular Intellectual Property Office closures and extended deadlines that may affect our clients and agents.
Intellectual Property Office updates and extended deadline information:
Updated 11:00am, Monday 23 March 2020.
Clients filing in New Zealand
Intellectual Property office of New Zealand (IPONZ) services will continue to be available as normal, with some allowance provided for issues related to COVID-19.
If circumstances related to COVID-19 have affected you or will potentially affect your ability to meet a deadline, you should contact IPONZ to submit a request or an extension of time to meet that deadline. IPONZ will assess extension of time requests on a case-by-case basis.
Clients filing in Australia
Where an applicant cannot carry out an action within time due to the COVID-19 outbreak an extension of time may be available. Requests for extensions of time will need to be made in the normal way, accompanied where required by a declaration setting out how the COVID-19 outbreak interfered with responding in time. Requests for waiver or refund of the fee for the extension of time will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Click here for live updates on overseas IP office closures and extension of deadlines.
We will update this page as we receive new information, so please continue to visit this page to stay up-to-date. Please be guided by the information provided however, for advice relating to specific matters, please liaise with your normal point of contact or:
For patent matters:
For trade mark matters:
For litigation and commercial matters: