Intellectual Property and COVID-19:

U.S. Trademark Office and U.S. Copyright Office Extend Deadlines

The United States Patent & Trademark Office has extended certain filing deadlines for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, the Trademark Office had waived certain late fees (see DUNNINGTON’s previous post here).

Citing Authority granted by the CARES Act on March 27, 2020, due dates for most filings with deadlines between March 27, 2020 and April 30, 2020 now have been extended by 30 days, provided that they are accompanied by mandatory statements of COVID-19 impact.

The USPTO statement can be found here:

https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/TM-Notice-CARES-Act.pdf

Similarly, the U.S. Copyright Office also has provided mechanisms for seeking extensions of certain timeframes for those who are unable to comply with existing deadlines due to the impact of COVID-19.

A statement from the Copyright Office can be found here:

https://www.copyright.gov/coronavirus/