You are probably inundated with COVID-19 updates, so this will be short and to the point.
The U.S. Patent Office has announced it will extend many deadlines that fall between March 27, 2020, and April 30, 2020, by 30 days. This only applies to delays that were caused by COVID-19 and requires that you provide a statement explaining that someone involved with the application was personally affected by the virus.
Please note, the extension does not apply to deadlines related to the timing for the filing of new patent applications. Otherwise, the U.S. Patent Office is generally open for business.
Please contact Scott Conley or any attorney in Frost Brown Todd’s Intellectual Property practice group about any questions related to patent filings and to determine if your patent matter is eligible for any extension.
In addition to patent matters, our Coronavirus Response Team is on hand to answer your questions and provide guidance on how to proactively prepare for and manage any coronavirus-related threats to your business operations and workforce.