Pursuant to IRS Notice 2020-18 all federal tax returns are now extended 3 months to July 15th. All prior limits on deferrals (established by IRS Notice 2020-17) have been removed. Not all states have deferred their filing or payment deadlines but this is changing daily. Currently the states that HAVE enacted income tax filing extensions through at least July 15th include: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MN, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NM, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, UT, VT, WI. Virginia has extended only until June 1st and Mississippi until only May 15th. Eventually, most or all states may move to July 15th or later to match the federal deadline.
Trademark response deadlines generally remain in force. The USPTO has issued an advisory that applicants or owners who were unable to respond to certain trademark deadlines “as a result of the effects of the coronavirus outbreak” may petition to revive their applications or registrations. However, it is currently unclear whether the USPTO will freely grant relief to all petitioners, so we highly encourage compliance with all pending USPTO deadlines to avoid the risk of losing any trademarks rights. Please contact us our Trademark and Branding Attorney, Perry Gattegno, if we can assist you with any outstanding trademark deadlines.
The USPTO has also made other accommodations related to COVID, including waiving the requirement for certain signatures to be originals, clarifying that this pandemic qualifies as an "extraordinary situation" and scheduling previously in person interviews, hearings and meetings now via video or telephone. We expect continued announcements which are updated in real time here.
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