On March 31, 2020, in response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (“CARES”) Act, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) extended the time to file certain trademark-related documents and fees. In its announcement, the Director of the USPTO determined that the outbreak prejudices the rights of trademark applicants, registrants, and owners, and provided that persons who are unable to meet trademark-related deadlines due to the COVID-19 outbreak would be granted a 30-day extension for certain deadlines falling between March 27 and April 30, 2020.
The 30-day extension will be provided to any filing accompanied by a “statement that the delay in filing or payment was due to the COVID-19 outbreak . . . .” This provision applies to practitioners, applicants, registrants, or other persons associated with the filing who were personally affected by the outbreak. The USPTO broadly defines such personal reasons to include any “circumstances” that interfered with timely filing or payment, including office closures, inability to access files or other materials, cash flow interruptions, personal or family illnesses, and travel delays. Any extension of time fees would still be due at the time of filing, but the extension may be requested without payment of any additional fee.
The 30-day extension applies to all of the following: Continue Reading