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USPTO Response To Power Failure Could Cause Headaches

Law360, New York (January 4, 2016, 8:10 PM EST) -- A power failure at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that disrupted online filings for days around Christmas has raised concerns about the vulnerability of the USPTO's systems, and the office's decision to extend deadlines by declaring the days of the outage to be federal holidays could cause problems for litigants in the future, attorneys say.

The power failure began late on Dec. 22, when the power supplies for the office's data systems were damaged and the systems completely lost power, meaning that attorneys could not file patent and trademark applications and other documents electronically. The office said "nearly 100 percent...

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