Germany

Court

Unless the Court becomes active ex officio, deadlines and/or oral hearings may have to be moved upon individual motion by either party.

No automatic extension of deadlines.

IPO (IP Office)

All deadlines set by IPO are automatically extended until May 4, 2020. The Arbitration Board for employee inventions matters has automatically extended all open pleading deadlines until May 15, 2020.

Comments

All pending deadlines set by the IPO (DPMA) are extended, and no decision will be taken on the basis of expiration of any time limit, until May 4, 2020.

Deadlines provided for under statutory law cannot be extended by the Office. If a deadline provided for under statutory law is missed due to the COVID-19 situation a motion to restore the status quo ante may necessary. Oral hearings will be cancelled and no longer be held until further notice.