Customers affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is in the process of publishing a notice designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, which began on Friday, August 25, 2017, as a postal service interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a). 

This page is also intended to address customers affected by Hurricane Irma. If you have been affected by either of these storms, please refer to the sections below for special guidance related to your patent or trademark application.

Patent customers

Specific instructions for patent customers are forthcoming. In the meantime, patent-related inquiries concerning applications affected by the storms may be directed to the Office of Patent Legal Administration at (571) 272-7704 ((571) 272-7703 for reexamination), or by email to


Trademark customers

Affected customers with trademark applications can click the button below to access our Disaster guidance for trademark customers, which provides links to forms and instructions for what to do if you miss a deadline, require an extension, or need other special relief as a result of a widespread disastrous event. 

Disaster guidance for trademark customers

You may also speak directly with someone about the storms' impact on your trademark filing. Contact the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination and Policy at 571-272-8950, press 0, and ask to speak to the staff attorney on duty, or email For Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matters, contact 571-272-8500 or email