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News blog29 May 2020Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises1 min read

COVID-19 OUTBREAK: Applying for an extension of the term to supply documents with the Beijing IP court

Author: Michele Ferrante, Founder and Managing Partner at Ferrante IP.


 In consideration of the disruptions caused in many countries by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Beijing IP Court has opened the possibility for foreign plaintiffs to apply for an extension of the deadline to supplement notarized and legalized documents in administrative proceedings.

Under normal circumstances, the term for supplementing such documents is 3 months from the preliminary filing. Applications for an extension are open to foreign plaintiffs who are prevented from meeting the deadline by measures taken in their own jurisdiction to contain the spread of the disease.The application needs to explain the reasons for the delay and how it is caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. Solid evidence proving such delay is needed, such as a formal notice of temporary closure of authorities or relevant media coverage.

The Beijing IP Court will decide whether an extension can be granted based on the circumstances of each case.

Reach out to our litigation team for more information (legalatferrante [dot] asia (legal[at]ferrante[dot]asia)).


Publication date
29 May 2020
Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises