Coronavirus Updates: USPTO Suspends In-Person Meetings and Closes to the Public

March 16, 2020 – Firm News

On Friday, March 13, 2020, the USPTO issued a release stating:

Until further notice, examiner and examining attorney interviews, Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) oral hearings, and other similar in-person meetings with parties and stakeholders scheduled to take place at USPTO offices on or after Friday, March 13, 2020 will be conducted remotely by video or telephone. Parties will receive further instructions on how to participate by video or telephone in advance of the interview, hearing, or meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact the following:

- For patent examiner interviews, please contact the examiner or the examiner’s supervisor (SPE) directly. Additionally, if you have any questions about telephonic or video interviews in general or are unable to reach the examiner or SPE with respect to a particular interview, please       email: ExaminerInterviewPractice@uspto.gov
- For trademark examining attorney interviews, please contact the managing attorney.
- For PTAB oral hearings, please contact PTABHearings@uspto.gov or call 571-272-9797. 
- For TTAB oral hearings, please contact TTABHearings@uspto.gov or call 571-272-8500.

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, the USPTO issued a subsequent release stating:

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the public and USPTO employees, all USPTO offices will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 until further notice. USPTO offices will remain open for employees, contractors, and those with access badges.  Unless otherwise notified, USPTO operations will continue without interruption. Patent and trademark application deadlines and other deadlines are not extended. Those with official business with the USPTO should reach out to their points of contact with any questions or through the CONTACT US link. Thank you for your cooperation. We regret any inconvenience. For more information on coronavirus please visit: cdc.gov/covid19.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding these items, noting that In light of the coronavirus pandemic, if our Firm needs to substantially reduce our on-site operations in our Alexandria, Virginia office temporarily or for an extended period of time, our Firm is ready to immediately work remotely and to seamlessly continue the Firm’s operations for our clients.