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.
However, the USPTO is not granting waivers or extensions for dates or requirements set by statute, and therefore the following are not extendable by the petition:
- the one-year deadlines to file Utility Patents based on Provisional or Foreign Applications
- the deadline requirements for filing Continuation, Continuation In Part or Divisional Applications
- the three-month deadline to pay an issue fee
- deadlines to file reexamination proceedings
- all post registration renewals and deadlines
- deadlines to file statement of use or extension requests for pending Intent to use applications
- the deadline to file opposition or cancellation proceedings
As we continue to navigate this time period together, should you have any questions or concerns regarding your IP portfolio, please contact Adam Sacharoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.521.2775.