USPTO Will Waive Or Refund Filing Fees After Systems Outage

Law360 (August 20, 2018, 6:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is offering to refund or waive paper filing fees for patent applicants after its systems went down last week, adding on Monday that "our best estimate at this time is that service will be restored sometime tomorrow."

Days after the agency's PALM database went down on Aug. 15, the USPTO said that its electronic filing systems were still offline as of Monday morning, and that it was working with in-house "experts in databases, operating systems and storage" as well as external vendors to restore its service. Noting that it has made "significant progress," the agency also...

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