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Patent Office Updates You Need to Know (July 13, 2020)

As part of our dedication to helping our clients stay up-to-date on the ever-changing landscape as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve compiled the following highlights of changes to patent, trademark, and copyright operations around the world.  

As always, a complete list of countries may be found in our Google Document.

Update Highlights

  • The U.S. Copyright Office has further extended the temporary adjustments to certain timing provisions for persons affected by the COVID-19 emergency through September 8, 2020. 

  • The Administrative Council of the European Patent Office (EPO) waived fees for belated payments of renewal fees falling due on or after March 15, 2020 up until August 31 2020.

  • The Italian Patent and Trademark Office (UIBM) confirmed that PCT applicants are now able to obtain patent protection in Italy directly via an international PCT application, starting July 1, 2020.

  • The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released a high-level patent filing data for the first half of 2020 showing full recovery from coronavirus-induced drop, on July 9, 2020.

  • The Brazilian IP Office (INPI) has announced the extension of teleworking until at least  August 16, 2020.

  • Other general closures & deadline extensions have been added to the document.

If you have any patent or trademark questions during this time, do not hesitate to contact us.


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