USPTO declaring postal emergency due to Hurricane Harvey

By Gene Quinn
September 1, 2017

The following statement was sent from USPTO spokesman Ryan Honic at 11:51am ET on Friday, September 1, 2017. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

The USPTO has been closely monitoring the impact of Hurricane Harvey. The USPTO is in the process of publishing a notice designating the interruption in service of the United States Postal Service (USPS) in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, beginning on Friday, August 25, 2017, as a postal service interruption and emergency within the meaning of 35 U.S.C. § 21(a). The USPTO will provide additional guidance, instructions, and contact information for customers affected by the storm who have questions or problems regarding applications or other proceedings related to patents, trademarks, or other business before the agency.


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