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USPTO Remains Open For Business Despite Government Shutdown
Posted By Scott A. McKeown On 1 October 2013 @ 15:24 In Patent Trial & Appeal Board | No Comments
With many government agencies shutting down all but the most essential operations today, including the International Trade Commission  (ITC), the USPTO remains open. With roughly 4 weeks of funding available, the USPTO expects to maintain operational status. Likewise, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) appears to be safe at least for another week .
The last time the government shut down for a protracted period, 1995, the USPTO was largely unaffected as a fee funded agency That said, if the impasse were to extend beyond 4 weeks, the agency will implement a contingency plan  to ensure that statutory mandated review periods for patent reexamination (90 day review period) and PTAB proceedings (12-18 month trial period) are not jeopardized. Also, IT support will remain to ensure that patent applications can continue to be e-filed.
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 including the International Trade Commission: http://www.usitc.gov/pardon.htm
 at least for another week: http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/images/stories/announcements/Govt_Shut-down_Notice_2013.pdf
 a contingency plan: http://www.commerce.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2013/september/2013_doc_lapse_in_appropriations_plan_9_27.pdf
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