At the Austrian Patent Office we are following the war on the territory of Ukraine with horror. We are aware that adverse effects for the applicants of new patents, trademarks and other property rights are unavoidable.
We will therefore take into account the special situation of our Ukrainian customers and use all the leeway available under the law in their interests. This applies in particular to the approval of requests for extensions of the time deadlines set by us.
We are not allowed to extend deadlines set by the respective laws (PatG; MSchG; MuSchG; and others). However, we would like to draw the attention of our customers from Ukraine to the possibility of restoring the previous status. Such reinstatement is possible in case of missed deadlines due to unforeseen and unavoidable events. We consider the war in Ukraine to be such an event.
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