COVID-19 Update

30 March 2020

The Moscow government has adopted strict quarantines measures starting from March 30, 2020. Most our people are now working remotely; Sojuzpatent is fully operational and ready to address any client requests.

26 March 2020

By presidential decree on March 25, 2020, the week starting March 30 is declared a week off.

The Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) will only be partly operational, accepting incoming documents filed through their custom electronic systems.

Our offices remain ready to assist our clients. Most operations during said period will be conducted remotely through secure communication channels.

We will alert our clients to further changes via announcements on this website.

23 March 2020

Amid growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian Patent and Trademark Office (Rospatent) and the Eurasian Patent Office (EAPO) announced amendments to their work processes.

Both Patent Offices encourage applicants to use specialized secure electronic channels for delivering documents. As a pioneer of such systems, Sojuzpatent is ready to continue electronic communication with both Patent Offices either from its premises or from remote locations.

At this time, both Patent Offices are fully operational and no deadlines have been extended. We will keep our clients and partners posted regarding further developments.

18 March 2020

In addition to the information published earlier, we would like to advise our clients that due to the rapid development of the situation with the novel coronavirus, we have taken additional measures aimed at protecting our personnel’s health and safety.

Some of our employees have already started working remotely. All of them have secure access to all the necessary resources.

As stated before, in the case of an emergency, the whole firm will be able to work remotely without compromising the quality of our services.

To avoid even the slightest delay related to the delivery of physical mail, we urge our clients to use electronic communication whenever possible. As usual, we ask clients to copy info@sojuzpatent.com on all case-related emails.

18 March 2020

Pursuant to the Supreme Court’s ruling of March 18, 2020, Russian courts are to postpone most hearings.

16 March 2020

Sojuzpatent is monitoring the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19. We would like to inform our clients that our offices are currently open and our client services are continuing as usual.

At present, both the Russian Patent and Trademark Office and the Eurasian Patent Office are operating as normal. Neither has issued any statements concerning the extension of deadlines or other extraordinary measures.

In the meantime, we have tested our business continuity plan and made sure that in the case of an emergency, all our attorneys and staff will be able to work remotely. Thus far, however, we have not implemented such drastic measures.

Nonetheless, we have…

  • postponed all travel plans as a precaution based on the recommendation of the World Health Organization;
  • placed restrictions on meetings held in our building;
  • modified our work regime to avoid commuting during rush hour; and
  • ensured that employees who have returned from abroad are properly quarantined at home.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will be taking the proper measures to ensure the safety of our employees and uninterrupted service provided to our clients.

Our sincere thoughts are with everyone affected by the COVID-19 virus, and we hope for a healthy tomorrow.