COVID-19 Update: CIPO Extends Office Deadline

March 30, 2020

This post was originally published March 18, 2020 and was updated on March 30, 2020.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) announced a further blanket extension of all deadlines fixed under the Trademarks Act, the Patent Act, and the Industrial Design Act:  all deadlines falling between March 16 and April 30 have been automatically extended to May  1, 2020. 

Update

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (“CIPO”) has recently taken action to accommodate COVID-19 related delays and interruptions to businesses.  On March 27, 2020, CIPO announced a further blanket extension of all deadlines fixed under the Trademarks Act, the Patent Act, and the Industrial Design Act, such that all deadlines falling between March 16 and April 30  have been automatically extended to May  1, 2020. 

CIPO has also made clear that the new deadline of May  1 may be further extended if warranted by circumstances. 

Of note, although CIPO and its online solutions continue to operate as normal, CIPO warns that applicants and rights holders can expect significant delays in respect of all CIPO services. 

Stikeman Elliott is operating well under remote work protocols for both lawyers and staff, and we will continue to meet original CIPO deadlines upon receipt of timely instructions from clients.

However, this further extension of time is a welcome safety buffer for applicants and registered rights holders who are currently working hard to address the business realities arising from COVID-19.

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