Here are some of my past April Fool’s Day blog articles:
- Now you can hand-file applications in the four satellite patent offices!
- USPTO relocates “contingency” EFS-Web server to Denver patent office
- A little-known USPTO initiative to reduce the backlog
As for the second article (USPTO relocates its “contingency” EFS-Web server) what is particularly sad is that it should not have been an April Fool’s article at all. As many have pointed out over the course of many years, there is an ongoing need for USPTO to relocate its contigency patent e-filing server to a geographic location distant from the main e-filing server. There have been many system outages at the USPTO over the years in which both the main server and the “contingency” server were both out of service. It is just common sense that the two servers should not be in the same building, connected to the Internet through the same single connection point, powered by the same source of electrical power.