Much (Illinois): U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Releases Notice on Effects of Coronavirus

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) released a notice on March 16 about the effects of coronavirus. The USPTO is open for business but closed for public visits and in-person interviews. The coronavirus is considered to be an “extraordinary situation” for affected patent and trademark owners.

Acting within the Patent and Trademark statutes, the USPTO is waiving petition fees in certain situations for customers impacted by the coronavirus. It is important to note that the notice does not grant waivers or extensions of dates or requirements set by statute. The USPTO is waiving the fee requirements when reviving an abandoned patent or trademark, if the abandonment was caused by effects of the outbreak.

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