April 6, 2020

COVID-19 IP UPDATE — April 6, 2020

April 6 — The USPTO has released a FAQ about the relief available under the CARES Act. Separate pages are provided for patents and PTAB proceedings and for trademarks and TTAB proceedings.

In general, patent and trademark dates falling between March 27, 2020 and April 30, 2020 can be extended 30 days if the delay is due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 6 — According to its website, the U.S. Copyright Office is adjusting its timing provisions related to section 115, including the requirements to provide a notice of intention, statement of account, and associated royalty payment to a copyright owner. The update generally affects music publishers,  songwriters, and licensees “with respect to royalty payments, and promotes transparency in compulsory licensing.” Any person or business hoping to take advantage of the adjustment must submit a declaration that it cannot process paper filings due to the pandemic.

The Copyright Office had previously issued temporary rules and extended registration deadlines in response to the pandemic. Read more about these updates on the Copyright Office website

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