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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Continues to Operate During Government Shutdown

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Continues to Operate During Government Shutdown

By In News, patents, trademarks On January 21, 2018


For my clients wondering about the federal government shutdown:

The Patent & Trademark Office continues to operate. Their website reported this late Saturday ,January 20:

While activities across much of the federal government ceased at 12:01 a.m. January 20, 2018, due to a lack of appropriated funding, the USPTO remains operational.

This is possible because the agency has access to prior year fee collections, which enables the USPTO to continue normal operations for a few weeks. Should the USPTO exhaust these funds before a government shutdown comes to an end, the agency would have to shut down at that time, although a very small staff would continue to work to accept new applications and maintain IT infrastructure, among other functions.

Further information regarding any adjustments to the USPTO’s operating status during a federal government shutdown will be posted on the PTO website and delivered to the news media.


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