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USPTO Waives Trademark and Patent-related Deadlines

Washington, D.C., March 31 - The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced that it will be extending the time to file certain trademark and patent-related documents and fees due on or after March 27, 2020. The legal framework for such extensions is provided by Subsection 12004(a)and 12004(e) of the CARES Act. Due to declaration of a national emergency on March 13, 2020, the Director of USPTO has determined that the emergency has prejudiced the rights of applicants, Trademark and Patent owners or those appearing before USPTP in related matters. Accordingly, a person who is unable to meet the aforementioned deadlines may be eligible for a waiver. A detailed listing of eligibility conditions is presented in these documents: - Note of Waiver of Trademark-related Timing Deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - Download - Note of Waiver of Patent-related Timing Deadlines under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act - Download Amid the crisis, USPTO remains open for any new filings and will continue to evaluate the evolving situation around COVID-19 and the impact on the USPTO's operations and stakeholders.


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USPTO Covid-19 Announcements: https://www.uspto.gov/coronavirus

A list of USPTO Events & webinars: https://www.uspto.gov/about-us/events


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