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Closing of the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

In view of the official closing of the Federal Government offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, the USPTO will consider Tuesday, January 21, 2014, to be a “Federal holiday within the District of Columbia” under 35 U.S.C. § 21 and 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.2(d), 2.195 and 2.196. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

 


 

Previous Legal Notifications Related to Security Issues and Emergencies

In view of the official closing of the Federal Government offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, the USPTO will consider Tuesday, December 10, 2013, to be a “Federal holiday within the District of Columbia” under 35 U.S.C. § 21 and 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.2(d), 2.195 and 2.196. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

The USPTO is designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service in the areas affected by the tornado in Oklahoma, on Monday, May 20, 2013, as a postal service interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e). READ FULL NOTICE>>>

The USPTO is designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service in the areas affected by the police activity in the Greater Boston area in Massachusetts, on Friday, April 19, 2013, as a postal service interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e). READ FULL NOTICE>>>

In view of the official closing of the Federal Government offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including the USPTO, on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, the USPTO will consider Wednesday, March 6, 2013, to be a “Federal holiday within the District of Columbia” under 35 U.S.C. § 21 and 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.2(d), 2.195 and 2.196. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

Special accommodations are available to patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners affected by Hurricane Sandy in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Appalachian region in October and November 2012. In particular, the USPTO is making available various opportunities for relief to the following categories of affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners:

  1. applicants or reexamination parties having a patent application or reexamination proceeding pending in the USPTO as of October 29, 2012, having one or more inventors, an assignee, or a correspondence address in areas of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Appalachian region affected by Hurricane Sandy;
  2. patentees who were unable to timely pay a patent maintenance fee due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy in October and November 2012;
  3. applicants who filed a nonprovisional application on or after October 29, 2012, and prior to November 30, 2012, without an executed oath or declaration or payment of the basic filing fee, search fee, and/or examination fee due to Hurricane Sandy in October and November 2012; and
  4. trademark applicants and registrants with a correspondence or owner address in areas of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Appalachian region affected by Hurricane Sandy in October and November 2012. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

In view of the official closing of the Federal Government offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including the USPTO, on Monday, October 29, 2012, and Tuesday, October 30, 2012, the USPTO will consider both Monday, October 29, 2012, and Tuesday, October 30, 2012, to be a “Federal holiday within the District of Columbia” under 35 U.S.C. § 21 and 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.2(d), 2.195 and 2.196. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy including in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Appalachian region beginning on Monday, October 29, 2012, as a postal service interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e).

Once the USPS, through its Internet Web site, has notified the public that this interruption in the service of the USPS has ended, the designation of this interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e) will terminate without further notice from the USPTO.  READ FULL NOTICE>>>

Special accommodations are available to patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners affected by the severe earthquakes that took place in Northern Italy in May 2012. In particular, the USPTO is making available various opportunities for relief to the following categories of affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners:

  1.  applicants or reexamination parties having a patent application or reexamination proceeding pending in the USPTO as of May 29, 2012, having one or more inventors, an assignee, or a correspondence address in areas of Northern Italy affected by the earthquakes;
  2. patentees who were unable to timely pay a patent maintenance fee due to the effects of the severe earthquakes in May 2012;
  3. applicants who filed a nonprovisional application on or after May 29, 2012, and prior to June 30, 2012, without an executed oath or declaration or payment of the basic filing fee, search fee, and/or examination fee due to the severe earthquakes in May 2012; and
  4. trademark applicants and registrants with a correspondence or owner address in areas of Northern Italy affected by the severe earthquakes in May 2012. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the areas affected by the severe storms in Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia beginning on Friday, June 29, 2012, as a postal service interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e).

Once the USPS, through its Internet Web site, has notified the public that this interruption in the service of the USPS has ended, the designation of this interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e) will terminate without further notice from the USPTO.  READ FULL NOTICE>>>

Special accommodations are available to patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners affected by the catastrophic flooding that took place in Thailand in October and November 2011. In particular, the USPTO is making available various opportunities for relief to the following categories of affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners:

    1. applicants or reexamination parties having a patent application or reexamination proceeding pending in the USPTO as of November 12, 2011, having one or more inventors, an assignee, or a correspondence address in areas of Thailand affected by the flooding;
    2. patentees who were unable to timely pay a patent maintenance fee due to the effects of the flooding in October and November 2011;
    3. applicants who filed a nonprovisional application on or after November 12, 2011, and prior to December 13, 2011, without an executed oath or declaration or payment of the basic filing fee, search fee, and/or examination fee due to the flooding in October and November 2011; and
    4. trademark applicants and registrants with a correspondence or owner address in areas of Thailand affected by the flooding in October and November 2011. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Lee and flooding due to weather-related incidents in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont beginning on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, as a postal service interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e).

Once the USPS, through its Internet Web site, has notified the public that this interruption in the service of the USPS has ended, the designation of this interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e) will terminate without further notice from the USPTO. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a result of the power outages in California beginning on Thursday, September 8, 2011, as a postal service interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e).

Once the USPS, through its Internet Web site, has notified the public that this interruption in the service of the USPS has ended, the designation of this interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e) will terminate without further notice from the USPTO. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the areas affected by Hurricane Irene in North Carolina, the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast beginning on Saturday, August 27, 2011, as a postal service interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e).

Once the USPS, through its Internet Web site, has notified the public that this interruption in the service of the USPS has ended, the designation of this interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) will terminate without further notice from the USPTO. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the areas affected by the severe storms and tornadoes in Alabama beginning on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, as a postal service interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) and 2.195(e).

As of May 16, 2011 or earlier, the USPS, through its Internet Web site, has notified the public that this interruption in the service of the USPS has ended, and thus the designation of this interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a) and 37 CFR 1.10(i) has terminated. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

On March 2, 2011, at approximately 11:00 p.m., the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Customer Service Window located in the Randolph Building in Alexandria, Virginia, was unexpectedly closed due to a power outage. In light of this emergency situation, the USPTO will consider Wednesday, March 2, 2011, to be a "Federal holiday within the District of Columbia" under 35 U.S.C. § 21 and 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.2(d) 2.195 and 2.196. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) considers the effects of the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011, to be an "extraordinary situation" within the meaning of 37 CFR 1.183 and 37 CFR 2.146 for affected patent and trademark applicants, patentees, reexamination parties, and trademark owners. Since this catastrophic event occurred outside the United States and did not result in a postal service interruption in the United States Postal Service, the USPTO has no authority to designate a postal service emergency as authorized by 35 U.S.C. 21(a). READ FULL NOTICE>>>

In view of the official closing of the Federal Government offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), from Monday, February 8, 2010, through Thursday, February 11, 2010, the USPTO will consider each day from Monday, February 8, 2010, through Thursday, February 11, 2010, to be a "Federal holiday within the District of Columbia" under 35 U.S.C. § 21(b) and 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.2(d), 2.195 and 2.196. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

In view of the official closing of the Federal Government offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), on Monday, December 21, 2009, the USPTO will consider Monday, December 21, 2009, to be a "Federal holiday within the District of Columbia" under 35 U.S.C. § 21(b) and 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.6, 1.7, 1.9, 2.2(d), 2.195 and 2.196. READ FULL NOTICE>>>

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