Don't Expect Filing Disruptions If USPTO Shuts Down

By Ryan Davis (January 3, 2019, 8:16 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is open as the government shutdown nears its third week, but if it has to close, electronic filing will likely remain available and those with business before the office should expect to keep meeting any deadlines as usual, attorneys say.

In a message on its website, the USPTO said that since it has access to fees it collected in prior years, it will be able to continue normal operations for "a few weeks." If those funds are exhausted, the office will close, but a small staff will remain working to accept new applications and maintain...

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