What about the USPTO?
The patent office is responsible for collecting IPR applications, performing examination, granting rights, collecting fees etc.... One could easily see the consequences if this institution happened to shut down Fortunately, the USPTO financial structure differs from the classical federal agencies. Therefore, it is not in immediate danger.
In the event of a general government shutdown on October 1, 2013, the United States Patent and Trademark Office will remain open, using prior year reserve fee collections to operate as usual for approximately four weeks. We continue to assess our fee collections compared to our operating requirements to determine how long we will be able to operate in this capacity during a general government shutdown. We will provide an update as more definitive information becomes available.Should we exhaust these reserve funds before a general government shutdown comes to an end, USPTO would shut down at that time, although a very small staff would continue to work to accept new applications and maintain IT infrastructure, among other functions. Should it become necessary for USPTO to shut down, details of the agency’s plan for an orderly shutdown are available on page 78 of the United States Department of Commerce’s shutdown plan, . Any new or updated public information related to USPTO operations during a potential government shutdown will be placed on this page.
This GuestKat concerns are aimed at the patent backlog. USPTO has been struggling to reduce it over the past years. If all the 7.800 examiners are not doing any job for such a long period of time, how long will it take to recover from it?
Although it is unlikely that the shutdown will last considering the average duration (less than 3 days), this GuestKat wonders if any reader shares concerns over this.
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