USPTO Revises Procedures for COVID-19 Breakout

April 1, 2020 | Intellectual Property News, Legal News

As announced March 31, the USPTO has instituted new guidelines and procedures to address the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) signed into law on March 27th, including extensions to the time allowed to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees. The details for patent situations are available in a USPTO Patent Notice. The details for trademark situations are available in a USPTO Trademark Notice. In many situations, these revised procedures include extensions of 30 days when accompanied by a statement that shows that the delay was due to being personally affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The particular situations are defined in these notices.

The USPTO remains open electronically for the filing of documents and fees. More information generally regarding USPTO notices during this Coronavirus breakout can be found on the USPTO website. Please contact us with any questions.