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 as soon as possible.

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 are required for filing but can be submitted at a later date.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied as soon as possible for filing.

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

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

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.

Original documents are required.

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 to complete filing formalities.

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.

South Africa

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied for filing.

St Helena

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents okay, originals are required to complete filing formalities.

Sudan

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

Tanzania – Tanganyika & Zanzibar

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents are acceptable in Tanganyika, originals to be supplied for Zanzibar.

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 at a later date.

Aruba

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

Bahamas

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents okay, originals are required for filing.

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 filing.

Dominica

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

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

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents are acceptable for now, originals must be supplied within six months of filing.

St Kitts

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay with the originals to follow as soon as possible.

St Lucia

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay with the originals to follow as soon as possible.

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 are acceptable.

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 are required to complete filing formalities.

Tonga

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

Tuvalu

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents are acceptable.

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

Filing is possible.

Original documents are required.

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

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

Lebanon

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

Oman

Filing is possible.          

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

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied to complete filing formalities.

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

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

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.

Scanned documents are acceptable but originals are required also for filing.

Philippines        

New applications are only being processing electronically.

Only scanned documents are required.

Singapore

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

Sri Lanka

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

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, the Registry is unable to accept original documents at the moment.

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 are acceptable.

Palau

Publishing of cautionary notices is possible.

Tonga

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within two months after filing.

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 though only electronically.

Scanned documents are required only.

Brazil

Filing is possible.          

Applications are only being processed electronically so scanned documents are okay.

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.          

Original documents are required for filing.

Ecuador

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals are now required again.

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

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

Honduras

Filing is possible.

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied within ninety days of registry re-opening.

Mexico

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents are acceptable.

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

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied as soon as possible.

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 as soon as possible.

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 as soon as possible.

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.

Belgium

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

Benelux

Filing is possible.          

Only scanned documents are 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 as long as originals are supplied as soon as possible.

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.          

Only scanned documents are 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.          

Original documents are now required for filing.

Greece

All new applications are to be filed electronically.

Scanned documents required only.

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

Filing is possible.          

Only scanned documents are required.

Italy

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

Jersey

Filing is possible.          

Only scanned documents are required for now.

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

Registry has resumed normal operations.             

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied at a later date.

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.          

Only scanned documents are required.

Norway

Filing is possible.          

Only scanned documents are 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

Normal operations have resumed.          

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

Filing is possible though only electronically.

Scanned documents are required only.

Switzerland

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals are required.

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

Filing is possible.          

Scanned documents okay, originals to be supplied as soon as possible.

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 filing.

United Kingdom

Filing is possible.          

Only scanned documents are required.

Uzbekistan

Filing is possible.          

Only scanned documents are required.