Canadian patent, copyright and trade-mark applicants take note: the USPTO has indicated that it will remain open despite the pending shutdown of US government offices and agencies. Therefore, prosecution of US patent and trade-mark applications, and registration of copyrights should be uninterrupted by the current political drama in Washington.

Update: October 4, 2013

As the shutdown drags towards the end of week 1, the USPTO maintains that it has reserves to continue operations and accept new applications.