USPTO and the JPO are committed to working together to incentivize innovations that can help overcome the COVID-19 pandemic

Patentees will be permitted to file initial patent term extension applications that meet certain criteria via EFS-Web or Patent Center

As stakeholders continue to navigate the effects of the pandemic in various ways, and as more and more of them are resuming operations, the USPTO will again extend certain deadlines

Under the CARES Act authority and its existing authority in Trademark and TTAB matters, the USPTO will direct relief to those who need it on a case-by-case basis, as described in the official notice

As we embark on the next wave of technological and industrial revolutions, we must ensure that we continue to have a robust IP system, with rights that are reliable, predictable, and meaningfully enforceable. This is, in fact, more important now than ever.