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Un-Masking Deceit: Trademark Law as a Weapon against Fraudulent Distributors

As the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to ravage the United States, ensuring that frontline healthcare workers are adequately protected is of utmost importance. Among various types of proper protective equipment (PPE), none has become more synonymous with safety and protection than the N95 Respirator. Given the superior effectiveness of the N95 respirator over other prophylactic measures, demand is understandably high. Basic principles of economics suggest that increased demand for respirators will similarly increase the price paid by consumers. However, the dire need for PPE is motivating companies to forego increased profits to ensure that frontline personnel are adequately protected.

USPTO Again Extends CARES Act Relief for Small and Micro Entities

Prior USPTO CARES Act extensions waived certain fees and deadlines up until July 1, 2020. With the July 1, 2020 date looming and the need for relief remaining at a high level, today (June 29, 2020) the USPTO further extended the time for small and micro entities to pay certain patent-related fees that would otherwise have been due on or after March 27, 2020.

New USPTO IP Marketplace for COVID-19 Technologies

Yesterday, May 4, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) took a surprising leap into commercialization of patented and patent pending technologies, unveiling a web-based marketplace platform for intellectual property (IP).

Update to the Extension of Certain Patent and Trademark Deadlines Due to COVID-19

Yesterday, April 28, 2020, pursuant to the temporary authority provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced further extensions to the time allowed for filing certain patent and trademark-related documents and to pay certain required fees. This new Notice supersedes the prior Notice published on March 31, 2020.

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