The Corona-Virus and the illness caused by it, COVID-19, also affect the trademark and patent offices.
The – sometimes more, sometimes less sensible – applications for trademarks with the element "CORONA" (e.g. Keep Calm and Corona-Virus on) are not the issue (many of them lack distinctiveness in any case). Due to the measures implemented in many countries, in particular, restrictions on the movement of persons, meeting deadlines can be a challenge – notwithstanding the available teleworking-options. Many IPOs have therefore reacted and implemented measures to extend deadlines.
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