The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has posted notices designating the interruptions in service of the United States Postal Service in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana; Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina; and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands as postal service interruptions and emergencies within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a).
The USPTO has also posted notices providing additional relief to patent and trademark applicants, patentees, and trademark owners affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Please view all issued notices at Operating Status. Additional notices are forthcoming.
If you have been affected by these storms, please refer to the sections below for special guidance related to your patent or trademark application.
Affected customers with patent applications and issued patents can click the button below to access our Disaster guidance for patent customers, which provides instructions for how to request the restart of a time period for reply to an Office communication and seek waiver of certain fees for official correspondence.
You may direct patent-related inquiries concerning applications affected by the storms to the Office of Patent Legal Administration at 571-272-7704 (571-272-7703 for reexamination), or by email to PatentPractice@uspto.gov.
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.
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 TMPolicy@uspto.gov. For Trademark Trial and Appeal Board matters, contact 571-272-8500 or email TTABInfo@uspto.gov.