Updated: Patent due dates extended
Updated: May 19
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a further notice addressing the coronavirus outbreak for patent applicants and owners affected by COVID-19.
The USPTO has announced extensions to the time allowed to file certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees. These actions are an exercise of temporary authority provided to the USPTO by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed by President Trump on March 27.
In summary, some patent prosecution due dates falling between and inclusive of March 27, 2020 and May 31, 2020 will be extended to June 1, 2020, provided that the filing is accompanied by a statement that the delay in filing or payment was due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The full notice published by the USPTO on April 28, 2020 can be found at:
Similar relief applies to missed deadlines for trademark applications and registrations. Please see our post regarding coronavirus relief for trademark applicants and registrants.
Feel free to reach out to Leber IP Law to discuss specific situations with regard to your patent or trademark application and any relief afforded by the USPTO notice for your situation.