20 August 2018Patents

Lawyers explain costly impact of USPTO outage

Patent lawyers have told WIPR that they have been left with costly alternative filing options after the US Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) systems have been offline since Wednesday, August 15.

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23 August 2018   The US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday said its patent systems are “operational from a filing and fee payment perspective”, a week after the agency’s PALM database went offline.
30 August 2018   The US Patent and Trademark Office has asked patent filers who were inconvenienced while the agency’s patent systems were offline to file more forms if they want a refund.
22 October 2018   The US Patent and Trademark Office has warned trademark owners that unauthorised changes have been made to a number of registrations and applications.