Most readers of this blog were affected one way or another by USPTO’s total crash of all patent-related e-commerce systems on Wednesday, May 14. I blogged about the crash here and here. I faxed a letter to Acting Director Lee on May 17 about the crash. In my letter, among other things I asked her to do whatever was necessary to waive the $400 penalty that would normally be imposed on a filer that failed to e-file on May 14 and instead was forced by USPTO’s crash to file by postal service or by hand carry to the USPTO.
More than a month came and went, with no word from Acting Director Lee in response to my faxed letter. This despite my having telephoned Acting Director Lee’s office once a week or so since May 17, asking if someone could at least confirm receipt of the fax and maybe tell me who had been given the task of responding to the fax.
A few days ago I decided to work out how exactly Acting Director Lee could accomplish the waiver of the penalty. Continue reading