On March 27, 2020, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (the Office) announced that while the Office remains open and in operation (as of March 28, 2020), patent, trademark and industrial design deadlines falling between March 16, 2020 to April 30, 2020 are extended to May 1, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.  The Office noted that a further extension may be granted if warranted by the circumstances.  In addition, the Office has indicated that there may be significant delays in their services at this time.

We note that the May 1, 2020 extension should not be relied upon for all deadlines, including filing deadlines to secure a priority date or the “grace period” related to public disclosures.  We therefore recommend meeting all original deadlines where possible.

[Editor's Note: the original version of this E-TIPS summary stated that deadlines are extended to April 1, 2020. That deadline has been further extended to May 1, 2020 by the Office. Please see the Office update here for more information.]

Summary By: Vanesa Komarnicki

E-TIPS® ISSUE

20 03 25

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