This post was originally published March 18, 2020 and was updated on April 29, 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 May 15 have been effectively extended to May 19, 2020. 

Update

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office ("CIPO") has  taken further action to accommodate COVID-19 related delays and interruptions to businesses.  On April  27, 2020, CIPO announced another 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 May 15 (inclusively)  have been automatically extended to the next regular CIPO business day. As Monday, May 18 is a statutory holiday under CIPO rules, this means that the new due date is Tuesday, May 19, 2020. 

CIPO has also advised that the new deadline in May  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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