On May 13, 2020, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (the Office) announced that while the Office remains open and in operation, patent, trademark and industrial design deadlines falling between March 16, 2020 to May 29, 2020 are extended to June 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.

We note that the June 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 previous version of this E-TIPS summary stated that deadlines are extended to May 1, 2020. That deadline has been further extended to June 1, 2020 by the Office. Please see the Office update here for more information.]

Summary By: Vanesa Komarnicki


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