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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…

USPTO allows Electronic Filing of Certain Patent Term Extension Applications amid COVID-19

Ordinarily, filing initial patent term extensions using the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) patent electronic filing systems is prohibited. See Legal Framework for Patent Electronic System, section B2, Item 4; MPEP 502.05. 37 CFR 1.183 provides that certain regulatory requirements can be suspended in an “extraordinary situation” when justice requires. Recently, COVID-19 has…


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