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In Law360, IP Litigator Addresses Government Shutdown Impact on USPTO

Practices: Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Strategy, Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) Proceedings

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IP litigation partner Scott McKeown (Washington, D.C.) was quoted in a Jan. 3 Law360 article that examines how the government shutdown impacts the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. McKeown recommends preparing for technical problems with electronic filings, which might arise, should the USPTO office be closed. For example, facsimile and paper options should be considered as a possible contingency. Likewise, he suggests that clients with proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) prepare for deadlines by filing documents early, and anticipating potential hearing cancellations.

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