Given the exceptional circumstances and the heavy disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis across the EU, the President of the CPVO has taken the decision to extend deadlines that fall in the period 17 March – 3 May included, until 4 May 2020 for parties to proceedings before the CPVO and the Board of Appeal. The extension applies to all deadlines except for the submission of material for technical examinations and the payment of examination fees. Check the news section of this website for more info.


This article has been published in the "berichten industriële eigendom", special issue 2017.

Written in honor of Paul van der Kooij.

Burden of proof in Nullity and Cancellation Proceedings before the CPVO