Update: USPTO Under Gvt. Shutdown

Washington DC (Oct. 3, 2013). The 18th Annual Independent Inventor Conference at the USPTO has been cancelled.

Additionally, the USPTO File Repository Warehouse that houses archived paper patent and trademark files is closed, delaying access to older files that are available only in paper form. The Repository is located in a federal facility owned and operated by the General Services Administration (GSA). Because of this, it is closed during the government shutdown. Requests for paper files will be temporarily suspended. Accessibility to electronic files remains unchanged.