The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended trademark registration deadlines falling between March 27 and April 30, 2020. The 30-day extension applies to the most frequent procedural events pertaining to applications for, or maintenance of, federal trademark registrations. USPTO Notice dated March 31, 2020 (pursuant to Subsection 12004(a) of the CARES Act, which authorizes the director of the USPTO to adjust deadlines during the COVID-19 emergency).
The Notice requires that the filer submit, along with the filing or payment, a statement that the delay in filing was caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The USPTO considers a delay to be caused by the COVID-19 outbreak if an individual associated with the filing or fee was personally affected by the outbreak such that the outbreak materially interfered with the timely filing or payment. Examples of circumstances leading to delay include:

  • Office closures
  • Cash flow interruptions
  • Inaccessibility of files or other materials
  • Travel delays
  • Personal or family illness
  • Similar circumstances to those above

The USPTO expressly permits extensions for any of the following filings:

  • Response to an office action, including a notice of appeal from a final refusal
  • Statement of use or request for extension of time to file a statement of use
  • Notice of opposition or request for extension of time to file a notice of opposition
  • Claim of priority for a United States application based on an earlier-filed foreign application
  • Claim of priority for a request for extension of protection to the United States based on an international registration
  • Transformation of an extension of protection to the United States into a USPTO application
  • Affidavit of use or excusable nonuse required to avoid cancellation of a registration
  • Renewal application
  • Affidavit of use or excusable nonuse required to avoid cancellation of an extension of protection to the United States

For filings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), a party may make a request or motion for an extension or reopening of time if the COVID-19 outbreak has prevented or interfered with a filing.


Copyright © 2020 by Ballard Spahr LLP.
www.ballardspahr.com
(No claim to original U.S. government material.)

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without prior written permission of the author and publisher.

This alert is a periodic publication of Ballard Spahr LLP and is intended to notify recipients of new developments in the law. It should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion on any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult your own attorney concerning your situation and specific legal questions you have.