Government Shutdown, Now What – Off the Mark

Government Shutdown, Now What

We’ve found ourselves in the third government shutdown of 2018. With hundreds of thousands of federal trademark applications filed this year, the shutdown leaves thousands of applicants asking…

 “what will happen to my application during the shutdown?” 

Per Uspto.gov. During a government shut down USPTO will continue to function as normal for a period of time. This is possible because the agency has access to prior year fee collections, which enables the USPTO to continue normal operations for a few weeks.  Should the USPTO exhaust these funds before a government shutdown comes to an end, the agency would have to 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.  

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