Notice from the President of the European Patent Office dated 16 December 2020 concerning the additional days on which EPO filing offices are closed in 2021

This text is intended for publication in the Official Journal (OJ) of the EPO. It is made available in advance on the EPO website merely as a courtesy to the public. Only the text subsequently published in the officially certified PDF file of the OJ is authentic. It cannot be guaranteed that this advance version accurately replicates that text.

1. In view of the current situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), the EPO is extending the list of days on which its filing offices are closed for the receipt of documents. The notice from the President of the European Patent Office dated 16 October 2020 concerning the days on which EPO filing offices are closed in 2021[ 1 ] is therefore amended by adding the days listed below.

2. Additional days on which the EPO's filing offices in Munich, The Hague and Berlin are closed for the receipt of documents:

Days

 

Munich

The Hague

Berlin

Closing day

04.01.2021

Closing day

05.01.2021

Epiphany[ 2 ]

06.01.2021

 

Closing day

07.01.2021

Closing day

08.01.2021

3. Under Rule 134(1) EPC, time limits expiring on a day on which at least one EPO filing office is not open for receipt of documents (closing days) are extended until the first day thereafter on which all the filing offices are open for receipt of documents and on which ordinary mail is delivered. For PCT proceedings, the list applies mutatis mutandis for the purposes of Rule 80.5 PCT.


[ 1 ] See OJ EPO 2020, A115.

[ 2 ] The EPO's filing office at Munich is closed on Epiphany (06.01.2021) in accordance with the notice from the President of the European Patent Office dated 16 October 2020 concerning the days on which EPO filing offices are closed in 2021 (OJ EPO 2020, A115).

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