Extension of Trademark Timing Deadlines under CARES Act

Subsection 12004(a) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) authorizes the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) to toll, waive, adjust, or modify any timing deadlines established by the Trademark Act, or regulations enacted thereunder, in effect during the emergency period, so long as, the Director of the USPTO determines that the emergency (1) materially affects the functioning of the USPTO, (2) prejudices the rights of applicants, registrants, patent and trademark owners, or other persons appearing before the USPTO, or (3) prevents applicants, registrants, patent and trademark owners, or other persons appearing before the USPTO from filing a document or fee with the USPTO. Pursuant to this authority, the USPTO has made waivers of certain trademark-related deadlines available to persons impacted by COVID-19.

Read more about the details of the waivers at https://www.uspto.gov/sites/default/files/documents/TM-Notice-CARES-Act-2020-04.pdf.

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