USPTO: Status of Government Shutdown
As of now, the USPTO is operating on previously appropriated funds. Although the USPTO is self-funded via its fees, it cannot spend the money it takes in unless those funds have been appropriated. Therefore, when the current appropriated funds are depleted, the USPTO will cut back to minimal operation. It will receive filings but applications will not be examined. We will keep you apprised of any new developments.
Access the USPTO Status directly at USPTO Status on Government Shutdown.