On August 5th, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) announced a final
extension to most patent, trademark and industrial design deadlines falling between March 16, 2020, and August 21, 2020, meaning they are extended to the next working day August 24, 2020.
As CIPO has clearly indicated that this will be the last
COVID-19 pandemic-related extension at the current time, applicants and owners of Canadian IP should carefully review their portfolios to ensure any actions that have been delayed in view of these extensions are now promptly attended to. In this regard, a convergence of filings on August 24 might strain the CIPO electronic filing systems, so we recommend taking action to resolve these outstanding deadlines as soon as possible.