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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. This new Notice extends certain deadlines and fee waivers for another three (3) months, extending the deadline to September 302020.

It is important to note that the granted extensions and fee waivers are much more limited and apply only to certain actions. Certain other relief provided in past notices is ending.

Please contact one of Boardman Clark’s Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys for further information on available extensions, fee waivers, and how to obtain this USPTO relief. The June 29, 2020 Notice can be found here.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided is for general informational purposes only. This post is not updated to account for changes in the law and should not be considered tax or legal advice. This article is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. You should consult with legal and/or financial advisors for legal and tax advice tailored to your specific circumstances.

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