Copyright and Trademark Filings Still Accepted – Government Shut Down

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.

About Tamera Bennett

Tamera Bennett, nicknamed by her clients as the IP quarterback, develops strategies to protect and leverage each client's intellectual property. She works closely with her clients to implement customized brand management programs. Her clients range from rock star to leadership coach and financial guru to custom motorcycle designer. Prepared with an undergraduate degree in Recording Industry Studies and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Tamera represents clients throughout Texas and Tennessee in entertainment, trademark and copyright law related matters View all posts by Tamera Bennett

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