Impact of United States Government Shutdown on the United States Patent and Trademark Office

January 22, 2018 Advisory

At this time, we do not know the duration of the United States Government shutdown due to the current budget impasse. In fact, the Government may be up and running by the time you receive this Advisory. In the event the shutdown continues, the United States Patent and Trademark Office has advised that it has sufficient funds to maintain normal operations for a few weeks. All prosecution and filing deadlines remain unchanged.

In the event the shutdown continues for more than a few weeks, which we view as unlikely, the USPTO may then consider reduced services. We will continue to monitor the situation in Washington, DC.