The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has identified the period from March 16, 2020 to June 12, 2920 as “designation days” under the Canadian Patent Rules. We are advised that all deadlines falling inside these dates are automatically extended to June 15, 2020, as a result of the unforeseen disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. We may see further days designated beyond this period if warranted. Nonetheless, we are currently of the view that any deadlines falling into this period should nonetheless be met, in the absence of special circumstances otherwise.
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