Can I ask for an extension of time to respond to a report?
The Office will generally grant an applicant one (1) extension of time to reply to an Examiner's Report. Upon receipt of a written request from the applicant, the Office will grant an extension of six (6) months. No requests for any further extensions of time will generally be considered. If, following the expiry of the extension of time, the applicant fails to reply, the application will be considered abandoned. In exceptional cases, the Office will consider granting one (1) additional extension of time for a maximum of six (6) months.
Before doing so, the Office will require that the applicant provide a written request that specifies the additional time required and explains the exceptional circumstances that prevent the applicant from replying to the Examiner's Report within the specified period.
For further information, please refer to the Industrial Design Office Practices.