COVID-19: Updates on deadline and work procedures

Like many of you and several countries across the globe, Brazil has also adopted measures to contain and control the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While our thoughts go out to all who have been affected as well as to the health care professionals who are doing their best, our office is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our colleagues and clients and to remain fully functional during this worldwide crisis.

Our office has a 100% digital environment, and now we have taken all the necessary measures to be able to work from home, in order to avoid as many physical meetings as possible without compromising data security as well as our normal Service Level Agreement. Given the increasing development of Coronavirus in Brazil, our firm has decided to adopt stricter measures to protect our people, their families, and the community.

We can assure you that our operations remain uninterrupted and our team is working, as usual, doing their utmost to keep the high standard service you are accustomed to. Below is some important information on the recent changes made by the BPTO -
Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office – as well as the Brazilian Courts:

  • The BPTO has published an official notice that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, all the deadlines will be suspended from March 16th to April 30th. In-person meetings with the BPTO’s examiners and employees have also been suspended for the same period. All inquiries must be submitted by electronic means;
     

  • Brazilian Courts have taken diverse provisions. The general trend is that apart from urgent and crucial matters, all judicial deadlines are being suspended. We expect that the National Council of Justice (the country’s higher body governing the management of the Courts) will soon issue a general rule applicable to all Courts.


We are constantly monitoring the situation and will update this page with any major changes. In case you are unable to provide us with your instructions as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic please let us know so we can then advise on the possibility of an extension.


In the meantime, should you need any additional information, please contact us at your convenience by email at info@msantosip.com or directly to your usual personal contact.