In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, companies have encountered an unprecedented array of legal and commercial challenges, including in the patent space. Recognizing that some patent applicants may face insurmountable difficulties in meeting filing deadlines, many patent offices have adopted measures to minimize the need for additional steps and arguments. The following alert contains a table which summarizes the measures (including extending filing deadlines and modifications to revival procedures) enacted by various patent offices to assist applicants who are unable to meet ongoing deadlines due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Despite these accommodations, it is advisable for applicants to not rely on them unless necessary, to avoid additional cost and uncertainty, and to proceed as if those measures are not in place. Your IP team at Baker McKenzie remains on the job and will continue to provide the top-notch legal service and advice you have come to expect.