(Update as of 11:30 AM Eastern Time … the 10:30 AM repair time came and went with all patent systems still broken, and now the USPTO status page does not offer any particular prediction as to when things will be repaired.)
There have been massive outages at the USPTO before — the longest lasting one having been a four-day outage between Christmas and New Years in December of 2015.
Yesterday’s outage was originally listed on the web site of the USPTO has being scheduled to be repaired by 12:01 PM yesterday, then 4PM yesterday, then 5:15 AM today. As of right now (7 AM Eastern Time) the main patent systems EFS-Web and EFS-Web Contingency and Private PAIR are still broken. The new predicted repair time is 10:30 AM.
As the repair time has slipped three times already, one must keep in mind that the new predicted repair time of 10:30 AM might slip again.
This prompts us to remind ourselves of the workarounds for various important functions. Continue reading