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Feb 20, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 2/20)
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Public Notice on IP Rights Affected by Coronavirus Outbreak

On 28 January 2020, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued a public notice No 350 in order to issue concerning deadlines of trademarks, patents, designs affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

With regard to trademarks the notice stipulates, that the time limit established by the Trademark Law and its Implementing Rules or specified by the CNIPA due to the epidemic and related reasons, shall be suspended from the date when the obstacles to the exercise of rights arise, and shall continue to be counted until the obstacles to the exercise of rights are removed, unless otherwise provided by law.

If a party was unable to comply with a time limit due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the party may apply in writing within 2 months from the date of elimination of the obstacles to exercise his rights, explain the reasons, provide the corresponding supporting materials, and request the restoration of the rights.

For more information, please check the notice here