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CIPO Issues Notice of Final Blanket Extension (for now)

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has just published notice of its decision to further extend the “designated days” period on account of continuing COVID-19 disruptions. Since the onset of the pandemic in Canada in early March, CIPO has issued nine such notices, effectively creating a “blanket extension” of all CIPO deadlines arising since then.  This latest extension will expire on August 21, 2020, which means all deadlines falling between March 16 and August 23 will now come due on August 24—assuming, of course, they haven’t already been addressed.

In a departure from its prior notices, CIPO has indicated that this is the last blanket extension it intends to grant for the time being. However, CIPO’s standard extension practice notice does provide for extensions of time in ‘exceptional’ circumstances that are ‘beyond the control of the person concerned’, so it may be possible for applicants to obtain further extensions on individual matters. Some explanation of unique hardship, however, will likely be necessary to justify the extension request; pointing merely to the existence of the pandemic will likely not suffice. Careful, case-by-case consideration should be given to the deadline faced to ensure the appropriate response.

CIPO Again Extends Trademark Deadlines Due to COVID-19: Until August 10, 2020

Now for the eight time, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has again extended its earlier automatic extensions on account of continuing COVID-19 disruptions, until at least August 10, 2020 (the previous and seventh extension discussed here). These extensions now effectively cover deadlines falling between March 16, 2020 and August 9, 2020. Yet again, CIPO has not indicated this is the last automatic extension, and therefore further extensions are likely though not certain.

As a best practice, we recommend still meeting the original deadlines for all Canadian trademark matters, where possible. Clark Wilson LLP’s trademark group remains accessible and available to assist, and is working to meet such deadlines where we have timely instructions.

CIPO’s latest announcement on these automatic extensions, first made March 17, 2020 (and last updated July 15, 2020), can be found here.

Yet Another CIPO Extension to Trademark Deadlines Due to COVID-19: Until July 20, 2020

In light of the continuing COVID-19 disruptions, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has again extended its earlier automatic extensions, now until at least July 20, 2020 (the previous and sixth extension discussed here). These extensions now effectively cover deadlines falling between March 16, 2020 and July 19, 2020. Again, CIPO has not indicated this is the last automatic extension, and therefore further extensions are likely though not certain.

As a best practice, we recommend still meeting the original deadlines for all Canadian trademark matters, where possible. Clark Wilson LLP’s trademark group remains accessible and available to assist, and is working to meet such deadlines where we have timely instructions.

CIPO’s latest announcement on these automatic extensions, first made March 17, 2020 (and last updated June 30, 2020), can be found here.

Sixth CIPO Extension to Trademark Deadlines Due to COVID-19: Until July 6, 2020

Once again, in light of COVID-19 disruptions, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has extended its earlier automatic extensions until at least July 6, 2020 (the previous extension discussed here). These extensions now effectively cover deadlines falling between March 16, 2020 and July 5, 2020. CIPO has not indicated this is the last automatic extension, and therefore further extensions are likely though not certain.

As a best practice, we recommend still meeting the original deadlines for all Canadian trademark matters, where possible. Clark Wilson LLP’s trademark group remains accessible and available to assist, and is working to meet such deadlines where we have timely instructions.

CIPO’s latest announcement on these automatic extensions, first made March 17, 2020 (and last updated June 9, 2020), can be found here.

Further CIPO Extension to Trademark Deadlines Due to COVID-19: Until June 15, 2020

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has yet again (the previous and fourth extension discussed here) extended its earlier automatic extensions until at least June 15, 2020. These extensions, to deal with COVID-19 disruptions, now effectively cover deadlines falling between March 16, 2020 and June 14, 2020. As CIPO has not indicated this is the last extension, further extensions are still anticipated. CIPO also indicates that it is “working to eliminate any residual delays in services that have occurred as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak”, though delays are still occurring.

As a best practice, we recommend still meeting the original deadlines for all Canadian trademark matters, where possible. Clark Wilson LLP’s trademark group remains accessible and available to assist, and is working to meet such deadlines where we have timely instructions.

CIPO’s latest announcement on these automatic extensions, first made March 17, 2020 (and last updated May 26, 2020), can be found here.

Another Extension by CIPO to Trademark Deadlines Due to COVID-19: Until June 1, 2020

For the fourth time now (the third extension discussed here), the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has extended its earlier automatic extensions until at least June 1, 2020, on account of COVID-19 disruptions. These now effectively cover deadlines falling between March 16, 2020 and May 31, 2020. It is expected that CIPO will confirm when the final such blanket extension is given and thus we anticipate a further extension as we approach the end of May.

As a best practice, we recommend still meeting the original deadlines for all Canadian trademark matters, where possible. Clark Wilson LLP’s trademark group remains accessible and available to assist, and is working to meet such deadlines where we have timely instructions.

CIPO’s latest announcement on these automatic extensions, first made March 17, 2020 (and last updated May 13, 2020), can be found here.

Third Extension by CIPO to Trademark Deadlines Due to COVID-19: Until May 19, 2020

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has once again extended its earlier automatic extensions (previously covering deadlines falling between March 16, 2020 and April 30, 2020, as discussed here). As a result of COVID-19 disruptions, deadlines falling between March 16, 2020 and now May 15, 2020 have been extended until at least May 19, 2020 (the day after the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada).

As before, there may be further extensions announced by CIPO. While CIPO continues to experience delays in its operations, it has been working to resume most of its activities since March.

As a best practice, we recommend still meeting the original deadlines for all Canadian trademark matters, where possible. Clark Wilson LLP’s trademark group remains accessible and available to assist, and is working to meet such deadlines where we have timely instructions.

CIPO’s latest announcement on these automatic extensions, first made March 17, 2020 (and last updated April 27, 2020), can be found here.