All IPR Deadline Extended due to COVID-19

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After a thorough review, the CGPDTM has announced that all IPR deadline extended due to COVID-19. 

CGPDTM has declared that the due dates, as for the procedures recommended under the IP Acts, regarding any reply, documentation, and payment of govt fees, and so on in respect of all IP applications falling due from 15th March 2020 to 17th May 2020, will be 1st June 2020


Why IPR deadline extended due to COVID-19?

Because of the relaxed norms under the lockdown 4.0, the Indian IP Offices (IPO) in all of the 5 urban areas have continued the greater part of their exercises. However, the IPOs are facing glitches in smooth functioning. Hence, the Office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) has announced that IPR deadline extended due to COVID-19 

CGPDTM has given an open notification deferring all deadlines related to IPR applications such as trademark registration, copyright registration, and patent registration falling between 15th March 2020 and 17th May 2020 to June 1, 2020. 

Read the CGPDTM notification.


Lockdown situation

After a careful audit of the spread of COVID-19, and the effect of subsequent nation-wide lockdown since 25th March 2020 and the resultant log jam of economy, the Government of India through the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) chose to additionally broaden the lockdown until May 31, 2020, however with increasingly loosened up standards for the resumption of monetary and modern exercises.

Notice with that effect was given by the MHA on May 17, 2020. The remarkable element of lockdown 4.0 is to give adaptability to the state governments to audit the circumstance and choose the degree of the exercises which could be taken inside their individual localities. 


IPR deadline extended due to COVID-19 Globally

As per the transitory authority given by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) brought by US President Donald Trump on March 27, 2020, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today further extended the time limit to record certain patent and trademark-related reports and to pay certain official fees, which in any case would fall between March 27 and May 31, to June 1, 2020


IPR deadline extended due to COVID-19 in India

The CGPDTM has released the notification about IPR deadline extended due to COVID-19 on grounds of the USPTO’s decision to globally extend the IPR deadlines:


i. Patent registration deadline extended:

“Notice of Waiver of Patent-Related Deadlines under the sub-rule (6) of Rule 6 of the Patents Rules” dated 20th May 2020. Read notification.


ii. Trademark registration deadline extended:

“Notice of Waiver of Trademark registration-related Deadlines under Sec. 131 of the Trade Marks Act, 1999” dated 23rd March 2020. Read notification.


iii. Copyright registration deadline extended:

“All hearings relating to copyright matters scheduled from 17.03.2020 to 31.03.2020 have been adjourned”, dated 26th March 2020. Read notification.

These are the notified guidelines regarding the IPR deadline extended due to COVID-19 in India.


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