March 2020

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Many Intellectual Property Offices have been extending deadlines in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. In Canada, CIPO has confirmed that deadlines for patents, trademarks and industrial designs falling between March 16 – April 30, 2020 will now be extended to May 1, 2020. This is a follow-up to CIPO’s March 17, 2020 announcement that deadlines falling between March 16 – March 31, 2020 would be extended to April 1, 2020 (see our previous report here). We expect that this deadline could be further extended, and we will provide additional updates as the situation evolves. Hicks IP will continue to work toward meeting original deadlinesRead More →

CIPO announced on the afternoon of March 17, 2020 that, on account of the unforeseen disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Commissioner of Patents, the Registrar of Trademarks and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, have each extended all deadlines set by the Patent Act, the Trademarks Act and the Industrial Design Act, respectively, falling within the period extending from March 16 to 31, 2020. The new deadline set by the extension will be April 1, 2020. Subject to circumstances, the Commissioner, Registrar and Minister may decide to extend the new deadline further. This extension is a welcome one and covers many ofRead More →