The Government might close down but the USPTO won’t

Do you have any ongoing trademark applications or other pending trademark procedures for your domain projects?

If so, the expected Government shutdown won’t affect you – the US Patent and Trademark Office is self-sufficient in that respect.

As announced in a press release today:

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.

This is truly remarkable for a government entity and it shows that a greased wheel keeps going long after the initial twist 😀

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