Patent Office Will Remain Open Despite ShutdownOctober 1, 2013 – In The News
James Singer was quoted in the Pittsburgh Business Times article "Patent Office Will Remain Open Despite Shutdown." While the full text can be found in the October 1, 2013, issue of Pittsburgh Business Times, a synopsis is noted below.
Despite the pending government shutdown, not every government office will come to a standstill. James Singer said the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be open for business because it is “somewhat self-funded” due to the fees paid with the filing of patent or trademark applications.
“The patent office has stated that it has about four weeks worth of funds in reserve from its fees so as long as the shutdown doesn’t go more than about four weeks, they can remain in operation,” Singer said.