Best Practices in View of COVID-19 Deadline Extensions

Current as of April 6, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, intellectual property (IP) offices around the world are taking steps to address the impact that stay-at-home orders may have on IP practitioners and their own operations. Such measures include extensions to deadlines related to the prosecution of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. In the United States, however, these extensions apply only to certain deadlines, and only to those persons materially affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

This legal update describes temporary relief at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the IP offices of several foreign jurisdictions, highlighting notable extensions—and the lack thereof—that could potentially affect the registration of patents, trademarks, and copyrights. This update also presents best practices for protecting and maintaining one’s registered IP rights during the outbreak.


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There is a lot of uncertainty as to when the Brazilian Data Protection Law (No. 13,709 – “LGPD”) will come into force. Such uncertainly has been significantly increased due to the current scenario of Covid-19. However, data protection compliance projects should not be postponed or implemented superficially, especially considering (i) their direct impact in a

Interruption on the activities of the Public Notary and Real Estate Registry Offices

Following what had already been contained in Recommendation No. 25, published on March 17, 2020 and also the most recent measures taken by the Brazil Federal, State and Municipal governments to contain COVID-19, the National Council of Justice (CNJ) edited, on March 22, 2020, Provision No. 91, allowing the suspension or reduction of face-to-face services, as well as the operation of Public Notary and Real Estate Registry Offices.

Notwithstanding the exclusive jurisdiction of the State Courts to regulate the operation of notary and registry offices throughout Brazil, CNJ Provision No. 91 establishes that notaries and real estate registry offices must comply with the determinations of municipal, state and national authorities of public health, issued in accordance with the law and that impose a reduction in public service or suspension of the operation of the service. In addition, CNJ Provision No. 91 establishes: (i) the possibility of replacing face-to-face service with remote service (except urgent requests); (ii) that, in the event of interruption of operations, the legal terms of the acts submitted to the notary or registry office will be automatically suspended; and (iii) that the suspension or reduction of face-to-face service must made known to the public and to the internal affairs of the local Court of Justice. Provision No. 91 is valid until April 30, 2020.


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