The spread of COVID-19 has had an immense impact on our global environment. While the impact is great, we have been diligently guiding clients to protect their intellectual property throughout this tumultuous time, and we will continue to stay on top of matters without interruption.
Our Patent and Trademark Resource Guides, put together by Reising attorney Rick Hoffmann, provide valuable information regarding USPTO deadline extensions provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- Reising COVID-19 Patent Deadline Waiver Guide (Download PDF)
- Reising COVID-19 Trademark Deadline Waiver Guide (Download PDF)
These guides detail the 30-day extension notices originally provided by the USPTO. These notices and the guides are superseded by new notices issued April 28, 2020, which further extend the deadlines. The new notices are available here.
The new notices serve to extend the COVID-19 relief measures through May 31, but they require that any response due within the March 27 to May 31 period be filed on or before June 1, 2020. Thus, the USPTO has eliminated their 30-day tolling of all due dates which would have otherwise added on nearly an extra month to all deadlines. The new notices simply provide Applicants with the option to get all overdue filings in by June 1, 2020 without being late or incurring any (additional) extension fee.