In view of the ongoing COVID-19 disruption, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) has further extended patent, trademark, and industrial design deadlines fixed under the relevant legislation. Deadlines through Friday August 21, 2020 are now extended until Monday August 24, 2020.
CIPO has been extending deadlines incrementally since early in the COVID-19 pandemic, such that most deadlines falling on or after March 16, 2020 have been extended to August 24, 2020, a period of over five months. However, CIPO has indicated that this will be the final extension of deadlines, so plan to take action by August 24, 2020, and do not expect deadlines to be extended further as a consequence of COVID-19.
Further details may be found on the CIPO website here.
Smart & Biggar will continue to meet original CIPO deadlines upon receipt of timely instructions from our clients. Please contact your relationship partner for further guidance.
The preceding is intended as a timely update on Canadian intellectual property and technology law. The content is informational only and does not constitute legal or professional advice. To obtain such advice, please communicate with our offices directly.