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Notices of possible system outages
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Assignment Search is Unavailable
The Assignment Search (AS) system is currently unavailable. The USPTO is working to resolve the issue.
Please use the Assignment on the Web (AOTW) system in the interim (http://legacy-assignments.uspto.gov/assignments/).
Posted at 01:19PM Jul 17, 2016 in Current Status |
Payment Processing, PRPS, OEMS, and Systems Maintenances, and MyUSPTO Password Resets
The USPTO will conduct maintenance affecting the payment processing system during the following timeframe:
The maintenance may cause intermittent interruption to Financial Manager and Patent Maintenance Fee Storefront. The maintenance may also cause intermittent interruption to payment processing for users of the Trademark Electronic Application System (TEAS), Trademark Electronic Application System International (TEASi), Electronic Trademark Assignment Search (ETAS), the Order Entry Management System (OEMS), the Electronic System for Trademark Trials and Appeals (ESTTA), the Patent Electronic Filing System (EFS-Web) and the Patent Trial and Appeal End to End (PTAB E2E).
For Patents Customers:
EFS-Web applicants may file new applications and follow-on submissions except for ePetitions, eTerminal Disclaimers, Web 85b, and other submissions which require payment at time of submission.
Please submit payment using an alternative payment method, such as:
Facsimile submission of the basic national fee for national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371 is not accepted. Submissions that require successful online payment, such as ePetitions and Pre-grant publication submissions, will be unavailable during the maintenance period.
If you have any questions, contact the EBC by phone at 866-217-9197 or be email at email@example.com.
The USPTO will perform maintenance on the Patent Review Processing System (PRPS) beginning at 9 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m., Wednesday, July 27 ET.
Customers handling the DER Trial Types during this maintenance window will not have access to PRPS.
PTAB E2E will remain available to everyone else.
The USPTO will perform maintenance impacting Order Entry Management System (OEMS) beginning at 12:01 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 28 ET.
During the maintenance period, OEMS could potentially be impacted and temporarily unavailable.
The USPTO will perform maintenance affecting several systems beginning at 12:01 a.m. and ending at 11:59 p.m., Saturday, July 30 ET.
Outage duration: 24 hours
The following systems will be unavailable during the maintenance:
The maintenance will also cause interruptions to users of the Electronic System for Trademark Trials and Appeals (ESTTA) and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board End to End (PTAB E2E).
During the maintenance period, applicants may file new patent applications, new international design applications and documents and fees for national stage entry under 35 U.S.C. 371 via Priority Mail Express® from the United States Postal Service (USPS) in accordance with 37 CFR 1.10. Applicants may file other documents or fee payments by:
Please note that filing of a new international (PCT) application or a new application under 35 USC 111(a), except reissue, design or plant applications, other than by the Office’s electronic filing system requires payment of the non-electronic filing fee (37 CFR 1.16(t) and 1.445(a)(1)(ii)) in addition to the other required fees. The non-electronic filing fee is $400 ($200 for small and micro entities). Also please note that an international design application filed in paper may be subject to additional WIPO publication fees.
New patent applications, new international design applications, copies of the international (PCT) application and basic national fee necessary to enter the national stage under 35 U.S.C. 371, and documents that are required to establish the filing date of an application (e.g., a missing drawing figure or page of the specification) cannot be submitted by facsimile transmission, and certificate of mailing procedures under 37 CFR 1.8 do not apply to these documents. Patent correspondence, including new patent applications, new international design applications, and documents or fee payments, cannot be submitted via email.
If you have any questions regarding alternative filing methods, please contact the USPTO Inventor’s Assistance Center during business hours (Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET) at 1-800-786-9199. Information regarding filing by first class mail with a certificate of mailing or by Priority Mail Express can also be found in the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP), Sections 512 and 513. Applicants are strongly advised to transmit their electronic filings prior to the outage period to ensure that the submissions are correctly completed.
If you have questions, please contact the EBC at 1-866-217-9197 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be advised that when a filing deadline that falls on Saturday or Sunday, the filing may be made on Monday. Visit 37 C.F.R. §2.196 for more information.
For additional information on filing during system outages, see the Trademark alternative filing methods webpage. If you have any questions regarding alternative filing methods for TEAS/TEASi, please contact TEAS@uspto.gov.
If your deadline is today and a document requiring a fee payment cannot be filed electronically prior to midnight, you must submit your filing by mail. This outage does not impact ESTTA forms that do not require a filing fee. Oppositions or extensions of time to oppose § 66(a) applications must be filed electronically.
The USPTO extended the MyUSPTO password retention policy.
If you created your uspto.gov account password before June 14, 2016, you will be asked to reset your password 60 days later. Once you reset your password, you will not be asked to again for 180 days.
Passwords created on or after June 14, 2016, will expire after 180 days.
Posted at 03:57PM Jul 25, 2016 in Planned Events |