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U.S. Federal Intellectual Property Agencies Further Adjust Practices in Light of COVID-19

By May 4, 2020 No Comments

Citing their authority pursuant to the CARES Act, on May 1, 2020 the U.S. federal agencies which administer federal trademark and copyright registrations each announced further extensions of certain key deadlines for parties impacted by COVID-19.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) extended certain filing deadlines and payment dates until June 1, 2020.  In the USPTO’s general statement, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO noted, “Innovation and entrepreneurship will play a key role in our fight against this pandemic, and in the upcoming recovery of our country… Accordingly, the USPTO continues to assess measures to support the work of inventors and entrepreneurs during this crisis and beyond.”

https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/news-updates/uspto-extends-certain-patent-and-trademark-deadlines-june-1

You can find the May 1st USPTO Trademark notice here:

https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/TM-Notice-CARES-Act-2020-04.pdf

Following an initial extension of deadlines and an April 7, 2020 expansion of its abilities to accept electronic submissions, the United States Copyright Office modified its prior COVID-19 timing provisions notice. The Copyright Office’s extensions apply until July 1, 2020.

You can find the May 1st Copyright Office announcement here:  https://www.copyright.gov/coronavirus/