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Nelson Mullins COVID-19 Resources

Nelson Mullins is continuing to monitor developments related to COVID-19, including guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and various federal, state, and local government authorities. The firm is taking appropriate precautionary actions and has implemented plans to ensure the continuation of all firm services to clients from both in office and remote work arrangements across our 25 offices. 

In addition, click the link below to access extensive resources to address a wide variety of topics resulting from the virus, in general and by industry,  including topics such as essential businesses, force majeure, business interruption insurance, CARES Act and FFCRA, and others. 

Nelson Mullins COVID-19 Resources

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Additional Nelson Mullins Alerts

April 1, 2020

Notice of Waiver of Patent-Related Timing Deadlines at the USPTO under The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act

By Amy Mandragouras, Jane E. Remillard, Samantha "Sammi" Devenport, Ph.D.

On Tuesday, March 31st, the USPTO announced extensions for certain patent and trademark related documents and fees in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Nelson Mullins Intellectual Property Group continues to monitor on an ongoing basis any changes regarding USPTO operations and have outlined the most recent deadline and fee extensions below. If you have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, please reach out to your Nelson Mullins IP attorney to discuss available options.

Relief in patent application and reexamination proceedings with due dates, between and inclusive of, both March 27, 2020 and April 30, 2020, will be extended 30 days from the initial due date, provided that the filing is accompanied by a statement that the delay in filing or payment was due to the COVID-19 outbreak for the following:

  1. reply to an Office notice issued during pre-examination processing by a small or micro entity;
  2. reply to an Office notice or action issued during examination or patent publication processing;
  3. issue fee;
  4. notice of appeal, appeal brief, reply brief, or appeal forwarding fee;
  5. request for an oral hearing before the PTAB;
  6. response to substitute examiner’s answer;
  7. amendment when reopening prosecution in response to or request for rehearing of, a PTAB decision designated as including a new ground of rejection;
  8. maintenance fee, filed by a small or micro entity;
  9. request for rehearing of a PTAB decision.

For delays due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the PTAB shall provide the 30-day extension for:

  1. a request for rehearing of a PTAB decision,
  2. a petition to the Chief Judge,
  3. a patent owner preliminary response in a trial proceeding or any related responsive filings.

For all other PTAB situations not covered above, a request for extension of time where the COVID-19 outbreak has prevented or interfered with filing before the board can be made by contacting the PTAB.

The above extensions apply if an applicant, patent owner, petitioner, third party requester, inventor, or other person associated with filing was personally affected by the outbreak including but not limited to office closures, cash flow interruptions, inaccessibility of files or other materials, travel delays, personal or family illness, or similar circumstances which interfere with timely filing or payment.

All other operations at the USPTO remain normal. The USPTO’s official notice is available here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Nelson Mullins IP attorney.


For additional information on COVID-19 related issues, please visit the Nelson Mullins COVID-19 resource page or contact a Nelson Mullins attorney.