Practical tips on working in a COVID-19 world

The global pandemic has forced IP offices to implement new measures and lawyers to change their practices, explain Erick Palmer, Kristine Young, and Luiz Miranda of Mayer Brown.

IP offices around the world are taking steps to address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on IP practitioners and their own operations. Such measures include extensions to deadlines related to the prosecution of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. These measures, however, may only cover certain situations, and must be carefully considered prior to any change in IP prosecution or portfolio strategies.

This legal update describes temporary relief at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the IP offices of several foreign jurisdictions, highlighting notable extensions—and the lack thereof—that could affect the registration of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Best practices for protecting and maintaining one’s registered IP rights during the outbreak are also included.

Full article at World Intellectual Property Review (subscription required)