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U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Prepares for Possible Government Shutdown.

Posted in Practice Commentary by Jake Ward on April 7, 2011

Per this press release today from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

USPTO Prepares for Possible Government Shutdown

In the event of a government shutdown on April 9, 2011, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will remain open and continue to operate as usual for a period of six business days – through Monday, April 18, 2011 — because the USPTO has enough available reserves, not linked to the current fiscal year, to remain in operation until then. Should a shutdown occur and continue longer than the six-day period, we anticipate that limited staff will be able to continue to work to accept new electronic applications and maintain IT infrastructure, among other functions. More information will be posted on this website as it becomes available. Thank you.

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  1. patent litigation said, on April 11, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Thank goodness the shutdown was averted … for now, at least. The patent office really does not need any more difficulties in funding its operations.

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