The business development office at the U.S. Department of Commerce has been shut down, a department spokeswoman said Monday.
The Commerce Department said the office is not responding to any requests for information or assistance from the public, including requests for documents.
“The office is no longer accepting new applications,” the spokeswoman said.
“Applications will not be accepted until the office resumes operations.”
The Commerce Office handles federal business.
The Commerce Department’s office in Washington, D.C., where the U,S.
Patent and Trademark Office operates, is seen in Washington.
(Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images)Business development departments are tasked with developing the U and trademark registrations of companies.
The U.N. Office for Intellectual Property (OIP), which handles the U’s trademarks and has jurisdiction over trademarks in the U., was created by the Clinton administration.
The department is charged with promoting the U in commerce.
The Commerce office handles the federal government’s business in a number of areas.
It handles government contracts, the licensing of patents, and grants for research and development.
The office has about 500 employees, the spokesman said.
The bureau, which has a $1.2 billion budget, has been in a slump for more than a year due to a slowdown in technology that led to a loss of more than 700,000 jobs in April.