Please note that the USPTO Remains Open for Filing Documents and Fees. UPDATED APRIL 30th.
However, yesterday March 31, 2020, EXTENDED ON APRIL 30th, in accordance with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) issued a Notice extending the time to file certain trademark-related documents or fees which otherwise would have been due on or after March 27, 2020.”
If the filing or fee was due between March 27, 2020 and NOW MAY 31, 2020, the DUE DATE will be EXTENDED 30 days from the initial date it was due, NOW UNTIL JUNE 1.
Waiver ONLY available only if the delay was due to the COVID-19 outbreak as defined below:
“b) A delay in filing or payment is due to the COVID-19 outbreak for the purposes of this notice if a practitioner, applicant, registrant, or other person associated with the filing or fee was personally affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, including, without limitation, through office closures, cash flow interruptions, inaccessibility of files or other materials, travel delays, personal or family illness, or similar circumstances, such that the outbreak materially interfered with timely filing or payment.”
Cancellations/Oppositions proceedings pending at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) NOT COVERED. “For all other situations where the COVID-19 outbreak has prevented or interfered with a filing before the Board, a request (in ex parte appeals) or motion (for trial cases) for an extension or reopening of time, as appropriate, can be made.”
If you have a deadline that falls BETWEEN MARCH 27 and APRIL 30, NOW MAY 31, 2020 contact us immediately to make arrangements to extend the due dates for 30 days, NOW UNTIL JUNE 1.