COVID-19 Legal Updates & Resource Center

April 16, 2020

This is a collection of changes and closures that have occurred due to the coronavirus pandemic. The vast majority of the issues mentioned below are focused on intellectual property matters that may be relevant to our clients and other contacts. Please contact us to discuss any of these issues.

Administrative Changes: USPTO

Administrative Changes: Courts

  • U.S. Court Closings and Restrictions (Law360)
  • EU Court Closings and Restrictions (Law360)
  • Hearings Before Judge Albright Will Continue as Scheduled, but Telephonically (Docket Navigator, March 30, 2020) – The court sua sponte issued an order in response to a viral outbreak regarding upcoming hearings. "All hearings for civil cases on the Waco division's docket will continue as scheduled, but will occur telephonically. . . . For non-Markman hearings, to the extent a party wishes to use PowerPoint slides, the party must email them to the Court at least 24 hours before the hearing. . . . For Markman hearings, parties must email any slides they wish to use within 6 hours of receiving preliminary constructions from the Court." Far North Patents, LLC v. ADVA Optical Networking SE, 6-20-cv-00218 (WDTX 2020-03-24, Order) (Alan D. Albright)
  • Supreme Court Delays Upcoming Arguments Citing COVID-19 (March 16, 2020) – The U.S. Supreme Court put off oral arguments scheduled for the next two weeks, in the federal courts' latest precaution against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Administrative Changes: Non-US Patent Offices

Other Administrative Changes: Federal, State & Local


  • NY, Mass. Postpone July Bar Exams Over Pandemic (March 30, 2020) – The New York and Massachusetts bar exams will be postponed from July until unspecified dates in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, court and bar officials in both states announced.
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