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 of the common deadlines that IP owners are facing. However, some deadlines must still be respected. For example, if you are filing an application to take advantage of a grace period, or if you need to file a divisional while the parent is pending, you may not be able to extend these deadlines. If in doubt, discuss with your Canadian patent or trademark agent.
Hicks IP is monitoring this situation and will provide additional updates as the situation evolves. The operations of our firm have not been substantially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and we are continuing to meet original deadlines upon timely receipt of instructions.
Please contact any of our team members if you have questions.