Vorys (Ohio/Texas): Patent Office Updates You Need to Know

As part of our dedication to helping our clients stay up-to-date on the ever-changing landscape as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve compiled the following highlights of changes to patent, trademark, and copyright operations around the world.

As always, a complete list of countries may be found in our Google Document.

Update Highlights

  • The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Andrei Iancu discussed COVID-19 initiatives, such as encouraging the early disclosure of COVID-related applications in exchange for deferral of provisional application fees, at the Promoting Innovation in the Life Sciences conference on September 23, 2020.  Director Iancu’s full speech is available here.
  • The USPTO Director Andrei Iancu also highlighted, during the PTAB Bar Association Annual Meeting, two brand new initiatives that have been implemented over the summer: 1) the acceleration of ex-parte appeals for appellants through the Fast-Track Appeals Pilot Program; 2) the recent launch of the Legal Experience and Advancement Program (LEAP). Director Iancu’s full speech is available here.
  • The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) Executive Director Christian Archambeau has released a video update which noted that employees have been working in the office for the last three weeks without incident and that filing results are mixed compared to previous years with Chinese organizations overtaking Germany as the number one filers. Overall, he says that the office is expecting “to have around 5% more EU trademark applications this year.”
  • The Korean Patent Office (KIPO) has noted an increase in mask-related patent applications since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Argentinian IP Office has again extended deadlines for all procedures until at least October 11, 2020.
  • Other general closures & deadline extensions have been added to the document.
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