(Updated November 25, 2023 to recognize that if your email service provider is bouncing the normal listserv postings, your email service provider may also have bounced the warning message that was sent to you about your email service provider bouncing the normal listserv postings.)
In recent days, dozens of members of our intellectual property listservs have received (or at least have been sent) email warnings that start like this:
Your membership in the mailing list <blah> has been disabled due to excessive bounces. The last bounce received from you was dated <recent date>. You will not get any more messages from this list until you re-enable your membership. You will receive 2 more reminders like this before your membership in the list is deleted.
The map at right shows, in real time, our progress in letting twelve thousand people learn that they have an opportunity to attend four free-of-charge webinars about PCT forms. As you can see, some 1600 emails have been sent (light green shading) to people in Asia and Africa and eastern and central Europe. Just now, emails are being sent (dark green shading) to people in west Africa and parts of Greenland. Some 11000 emails are waiting to be sent to people in North and South America. Why did these emails not get sent all at once? Continue reading “Telling twelve thousand people about four free webinars”
Just now I logged in at Patent Center and tried to view my outgoing correspondence. I was greeted with a big red error message saying Search Limit Reached. This is bug number CP178. I opened EBC ticket number 1-843318724. EBC agent 50 checked with the Patent Center team and reported back that this is a feature, not a bug. This feature blocks data mining, he explained. Continue reading “Patent Center is not ready, and PAIR cannot be shut down tonight”
Readers will recall that originally the USPTO was firm in its commitment to a shutdown of PAIR and EFS-Web at 11:59 PM on November 7, 2023 (blog article).
Readers will also recall that with less than two hours remaining before the close of business on November 7, the USPTO blinked and did not shut down PAIR and EFS-Web that day (blog article). Instead, the USPTO postponed the shutdown of PAIR and EFS-Web by four business days. The shutdown got postponed to 11:59 PM today, November 14.
Yes, the USPTO has firmly stated today is the day that it will shut down PAIR and EFS-Web. This will happen at 11:59 PM tonight.
On November 5, 2023, I predicted (blog article) that the USPTO leadership would take corrective action in response to the situation that EBC would often tell a caller that the way to overcome a bug in Patent Center was to go back and do the task using PAIR or EFS-Web. And my prediction has turned out to be correct. USPTO leadership has indeed taken corrective action about this situation. Continue reading “USPTO leadership has taken corrective action”