Trademark

Mind Your Deadlines: USPTO Remains Open During Federal Government Shutdown

Trademarks, TTAB, TTAB ON APPEAL
Jan 04, 2019

The USPTO remains open for business as normal during the partial Federal government shutdown.  According to the USPTO, the agency can use prior-year fee collections to continue normal operations for a few weeks. If these funds are exhausted before the government reopens, however, the USPTO may have to shut down at that time, except for a small staff that will continue handling new applications and IT infrastructure.  For further information regarding adjustments to the USPTO’s operating status, it is important to monitor the USPTO website.