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Okt 15, 2013 (Newsletter Issue 15/13)
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USPTO Operation Status

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced that during the general government shutdown which began October 1, 2013, the office will remain open, using prior year reserve fee collections to operate as usual for approximately four weeks. They continue to assess their fee collections compared to their operating requirements to determine how long they will be able to operate in this capacity during a general government shutdown. USPTO will provide an update as more definitive information becomes available.

Should USPTO exhaust these reserve funds before the general government shutdown comes to an end, the office would 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. Should a USPTO shutdown become necessary, details of the agency’s plan for an orderly shutdown are available on page 83 of the United States Department of Commerce’s shutdown plan. Please check here