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Prolonged Outage Sparks Concern About USPTO's Aging Tech

Law360 (August 28, 2018, 8:47 PM EDT) -- The weeklong outage of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's online patent filing system had attorneys heading to the post office, dusting off their fax machines and delivering filings to the USPTO in person, as they expressed concern about possible future failures of the aging system.

The stressful situation began in the early morning of Aug. 15, when a glitch in the office's primary patent filing database, which was designed in the 1980s, meant that it had to be taken offline for repair. Many of the office's other online systems are interconnected, so they all went down as well, and it...

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