Coronavirus impact on SE Asian IP offices
Below are the latest updates on IP offices operations and functions in SE Asia:
Metro Manila is under a quarantine and night time curfew from 15 March 2020 to 14 April 2020. The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has adopted a work from home arrangement and has cancelled all hearings and meetings from 16 March 2020 until 14 April 2020. A skeleton workforce will maintain delivery of services. New IP applications can be filed online. All other action, from responses to official actions or declarations, and other documents or extension requests and appeals falling due during the lockdown period can be filed on 15 April 2020; that will be considered the due date. All payments due during the lockdown period must be paid on 15 April 2020.
Jakarta has a mix of home working with some offices functioning. This week the government ceased some functions. Public transport was restricted but is back to normal function again. The IPO is still working, but some functions are restricted such as trademark and patent appeal hearings, customer service and limited front desk staff.
The Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand (DIP) is still operating as normal. Schools and entertainment venues are closed and the Songkran new year festival will not be held.
The Malaysian Government has a national Restriction of Movement Order in effect from 18-31 March 2020. Government and businesses remain closed except for essential services. The Malaysian IP office (MYIPO) is closed too. Online filing still operates as normal for IP applications.