The last thing you heard from me about this was on Saturday, November 4, when I reported that the National Association of Patent Practitioners (NAPP) had been invited by the USPTO to attend a videoconference meeting about Patent Center. The USPTO made this invitation after receiving NAPP’s October 31, 2023 letter to the USPTO asking that the USPTO’s planned shutdown of PAIR and EFS-Web be postponed. The meeting was scheduled for 11AM yesterday (ET). Now NAPP has posted a readout of the meeting on LinkedIn.
- The NAPP people pointed out that the USPTO’s own Electronic Business Center had been telling callers to use EFS-Web as a workaround for various bugs in Patent Center. They said that this was a strong indication that the shutdown needs to be postponed.
- The USPTO people said they have stress-tested Patent Center and are confident that it will be able to handle the greatly increased workload on November 8, despite all of the present-day PAIR and EFS-Web being forced onto Patent Center on that day.
- The USPTO people said they will provide increased staffing at the EBC to handle the anticipated higher call volume.
- No agreement was reached. Long before the meeting took place, USPTO had made its plans to shut down PAIR and EFS-Web on the evening of Tuesday, November 7. At the end of the meeting, the USPTO did not say that its plans had changed.