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.

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Athar Malik is a Partner with Clark Wilson LLP. He is a lawyer and registered Canadian Trademark Agent. Athar's practice focuses on all aspects of Canadian trademark and copyright law, including clearance, prosecution, licensing and contentious matters.