Countries "open for business" during COVID-19 pandemic

 
Please find below a list of our core countries, with an indication of which ones are able to accept new filings of trade marks, patents and designs, trade mark renewals, patent annuities, recordals of change of title, etc.
 
Some Registries may not be physically open, but are able to accept applications, etc either by e-mail or on-line. However, when this is the case, we are seeing longer than usual delays to receive filing details, receipts, etc.
 
The situation is continually changing and we are keeping abreast of this in the 160 countries where we operate.
 
We have kept the information below concise and brief, but there is more detail for most countries that we have been collating. Should you require additional information in relation to a specific matter that you wish us to handle, please e-mail us at admin@lysaght.co.uk  and we will supply the appropriate details.
 
The basic questions are:
1. Is filing possible?
2. Are deadlines extended for provision of original documents?
 

AFRICA

African Union (OAPI)
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied to the Registry before 15 July 2020..
 
Algeria
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Angola
Filing is possible.
Documents considered on a case-by-case basis.
 
ARIPO
Filing is possible.
Documents considered on a case-by-case basis.
 
Botswana
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Burundi
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Cape Verde
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within 2 months of re-opening of the Registry.
 
Democratic Republic of Congo
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Djibouti
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Egypt
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
ESwatini (Swaziland)
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Ethiopia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Gambia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Ghana
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Kenya
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Lesotho
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Liberia
Not possible to file.
 
Libya
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Madagascar
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Malawi
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Mauritius
Filing is possible.
Awaiting further information regarding documents.
 
Morocco
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Mozambique
Filing is possible.
Documents considered on a case-by-case basis.
 
Namibia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Nigeria
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Rwanda
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Sao Tome & Principe
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Seychelles
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Sierra Leone
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within 3 months of re-opening of the Registry.
 
South Africa
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within 3 months of re-opening of the Registry.
 
St Helena
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Sudan
Not possible to file.
Originals must be supplied within 3 months of re-opening of the Registry.
 
Tanzania – Tanganyika & Zanzibar
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Tunisia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Uganda
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Zambia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Zimbabwe
Only possible to file with original documents.
 

CARIBBEAN 

Anguilla
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Antigua
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within two months of registry re-opening.
 
Aruba
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Bahamas
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within two weeks of registry re-opening.
 
Barbados
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Belize
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Bermuda
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
BVI
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Caribbean Netherlands
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Cayman Islands
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals not needed.
 
Cuba
Not possible to file.
 
Curacao
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within six months of registry re-opening.
 
Dominica
Not possible to file.
 
Dominican Republic
Filing is possible.
 
Grenada
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Haiti
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Jamaica
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Montserrat
Not possible to file.
 
St Kitts
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
St Lucia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
St Maarten
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
St Vincent
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents to be evaluated on a case by case basis, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Trinidad
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Turks & Caicos
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 

PACIFIC

Brunei
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Fiji
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Kiribati Rep
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Papua New Guinea
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Solomon Islands
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Tonga
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Tuvalu
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Vanuatu
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 

MIDDLE EAST

Bahrain
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Gaza
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals not required.
 
GCC
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Iran
Filing is possible.
 
Iraq
Not possible to file.
 
Israel
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Jordan
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Kuwait
Not possible to file.
 
Lebanon
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Oman
Not possible to file.
 
Qatar
Filing is possible.
Original documents required.
 
Republic of Yemen
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Saudi Arabia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Syrian Arab Republic
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within six months after filing.
 
United Arab Emirates
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
West Bank
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within one month after filing.
 

FAR EAST

Afghanistan
Only filing of renewals is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Bangladesh
Not possible to file.
 
Bhutan
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Cambodia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
China
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Hong Kong
Awaiting further information.
 
India
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Japan
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Korea (South)
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Laos
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within a month after filing.
 
Macau
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Maldives
Publishing is now available.
 
Malaysia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Mongolia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Nepal
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Pakistan
Filing is possible.
Awaiting further information regarding documents required.
 
Philippines
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Singapore
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Sri Lanka
Not possible to file.
 
Taiwan
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Thailand
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Vietnam
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within a month after filing.
 

AUSTRALASIA

Australia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Fed. States of Micronesia
Publishing of cautionary notices is possible.
 
Indonesia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Marshall Islands
Publishing of cautionary notices is possible.
 
New Zealand
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Palau
Publishing of cautionary notices is possible.
 
Western Samoa
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 

AMERICAS

Argentina
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals not required.
 
Bolivia
Filing is possible.
Awaiting further information regarding scanned documents.
 
Brazil
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Canada
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Chile
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Colombia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Costa Rica
Filing is possible.
Originals are required for filing.
 
Ecuador
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
El Salvador
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Falkland Islands
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Guatemala
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Guyana
Not possible to file.
 
Honduras
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within ninety days of registry re-opening.
 
Mexico
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Nicaragua
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Panama
Only the filing of trademarks is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Paraguay
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied as soon as possible.
 
Peru
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Puerto Rico
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Suriname
Not possible to file.
 
United States of America
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Uruguay
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within 30 days of registry re-opening.
 
Venezuela
Filing is not possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 

EUROPE

Albania
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within three months of registry re-opening.
 
Andorra
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Armenia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Austria
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Azerbaijan
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Belarus
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents to be evaluated on a case by case basis, originals to be supplied at a later date.
date.
 
Belgium
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Benelux
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals not required.
 
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Bulgaria
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Croatia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within two months of registry re-opening.
 
EUIPO
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
EPO
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Cyprus
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Czech Republic
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Denmark
Filing is possible.
Original documents not required.
 
Estonia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Eurasia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Finland
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
France
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Georgia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Germany
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Gibraltar
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay.
 
Greece
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within two months of registry re-opening.
 
Guernsey
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Hungary
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Iceland
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Ireland Eire
Awaiting further information.
 
Italy
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Jersey
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Kazakhstan
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Kosovo
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Kyrgyzstan
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Latvia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Liechtenstein
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Lithuania
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Luxembourg
Awaiting further information.
 
Macedonia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Malta
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Moldova
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Monaco
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Montenegro
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Netherlands, the
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals not required.
 
Norway
Filing is possible.
Original documents not required.
 
Poland
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Portugal
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Romania
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Russian Federation
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Serbia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Slovak Republic
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied as soon as possible.
 
Slovenia
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Spain
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Sweden
Awaiting further information.
 
Switzerland
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Tajikistan
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Turkey
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Turkish Cyprus
Awaiting further information.
 
Turkmenistan
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.
 
Ukraine
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within two months of registry re-opening.
 
United Kingdom
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay.
 
Uzbekistan
Filing is possible.
Scanned documents okay.