The notice also provides that if an applicant cannot submit an electronic or physical application during the "disruption," once the Acting Director announces that the disruption is over, an applicant can submit a sworn statement that the application could not be made because the applicant had no internet access, for instance.
Practically speaking, very few applications require a physical deposit. Most items can be photographed or scanned and submitted. Accordingly, this applies only if access to the physical items is impossible. For instance, if the items were first published online, then this public notice is not relevant.
The DMPA is not authorized to extend time limits provided for by law. However, time limits granted by the DMPA are automatically extended, and no decision will be made because of the expiration of any time limit, until May 4, 2020. Additionally, the time limits to be set by the DMPA will be as generous as the situation requires.
The United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)
WIPO has also postponed all events and meetings organized or co-organized by WIPO during the months of March and April.
So far, according to WIPO, they have been able to continue to process applications filed through the PCT, the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks, the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, as well as administer other IP and related systems including the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center.