March 19, 2020 Coronavirus Update: Changes to OLIFF Business Hours

OLIFF PLC continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the U.S. and around the world, and we are adjusting our operations accordingly.  Our office remains open and our firm is fully operational.

We are in the process of moving many of our attorneys and staff to remote teleworking as a precautionary measure and to accommodate individual employee needs, such as caring for children that are now out of school or daycare.  We are also adjusting our office hours slightly. Starting March 23, our regular business hours will be 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time.

We are fully committed to the needs of our clients and to maintaining our standards for prompt, high quality legal services during this difficult time.  We are implementing a variety of internal procedures to accommodate teleworking employees and adjust our workflow accordingly. We remain very confident in our ability to continue delivering high quality legal services without interruption and with no impact to our clients.

As reported in our last update, all scheduled Examiner interviews, PTAB and TTAB oral hearings and other in-person meetings must take place remotely by video or telephone conference.  The USPTO has also enacted special procedures for reviving applications that are unintentionally abandoned due to the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, including waiving the petition fee.  Otherwise, the USPTO has given no indication that it plans any closures or deferral of due dates.

We will provide further updates, as necessary.  In the meantime, please rest assured that OLIFF PLC will continue to timely handle IP matters for all its clients, and we will do whatever we can to assist our clients during this unusual and difficult time.