Please provide comments and suggestions for a letter to Director Vidal

Hello dear readers.   At you can see a letter that I plan to post for signature by members of the Patentcenter listserv. This is about the USPTO’s scheduled shutdown of Private PAIR and EFS-Web on November 8, 2023.  I welcome corrections and suggestions for improvement of the letter.  Please post proposed corrections and suggestions on the Patentcenter listserv, or send them to me privately.  Please do this by about the morning of Tuesday, September 26.

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7 Replies to “Please provide comments and suggestions for a letter to Director Vidal”

  1. Carl, has any consideration been given to a lawsuit seeking an injunction? If any serious investigation has been done, that should be mentioned. For years the PTO has been enticing or forcing patent attorneys, applicants, et al. to change their work patterns and/or doing extra work to feed the PTO computers and make things easier for them. Perhaps the time has come to draw a line in the sand and say NO to more of their demands. What if a large number of applicants were to use PCT initially (with non-PTO reeiving office), taking advantage of the admin delays to await resolution of the PTO problems with DOCX, etc.? Are any members of Congress on board with a resistance movement? Just some thoughts …. Best regards, Jim Poole.

  2. Considering that a government shutdown is very likely on 1 October, will this letter get to Director Vidal in a manner timely to get any action taken?

      1. You’re planning to send this on Fri, 29 Sept by priority mail, which takes 2-3 days for delivery, around 3 October. What about closing signatures on 28 Sept and sending. by Express Mail for Fri, 29 Sept delivery?

        1. I will also email it to her on Friday the 29th.

          The USPTO is self-funded. In the past when there has been a federal shutdown, the USPTO has kept operating just as usual, spending its own money that it has tucked away somewhere. The USPTO has money tucked away that usually permits it to operate as usual for at least two weeks.

  3. The USPTO is stupid. Yesterday I filed a response which included a revised ST25. How am I supposed to file responses containing an ST25 is EFS is shut down for good?

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