USPTO Publishes Relief Notice for Patent and Trademark Applicants Affected by Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
The USPTO has published a notice implementing certain relief if an applicant (inventor/assignee or correspondence address) is in an area of Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami. If a reply is due to an Office action or notice of allowance, or other USPTO notice, and the time period (either statutory or non-statutory) set for response has not yet expired, the USPTO will withdraw the office’s communication and reissue it.
The request must be made using PTO form PTO/SB/425 (not yet available) or by making a request accompanied by a copy of this notice.
There are also provisions for maintenance fee payments. Please read the notice for more details.