UPDATED 10/7/2013 – The USPTO is currently unable to process credit cards. If your filing deadline is today, you must use an alternative payment/filing method.
ORIGINAL POST – The U.S. Copyright Office shut down at 12:01 am October 1, 2013. According to their website, new Copyright Applications may be filed via the online eCo system. We will assume that applications will not be processed until the government reopens. Registration dates should not be impacted as the effective date of registration is the date the Copyright office receives the application, filing fee and deposit material. If at all possible, use the eCo system to upload your deposit to insure the date of receipt of the deposit.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has reserve funds to operate for approximately 4 weeks. At this time processing of documents should continue uninterrupted. As always, we recommend filings be made online via the TEAS or TEAS Plus systems.