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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Remains Open during Government Shutdown

Jan 8, 2019

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“Although parts of the federal government have experienced a lapse in appropriated funding, the USPTO remains open for business as normal. 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 partial government shutdown comes to an end, the agency would have to shut down at that time, although a small staff would continue to work to receive new applications and any other examination, post-examination, post-issuance, and PTAB or TTAB filings; receive payments related to such filings; and maintain IT infrastructure, among other functions.

Further information regarding any adjustments to the USPTO’s operating status will be posted on the USPTO website and delivered to the news media.”

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