Why is the USPTO shutting down Legacy Private PAIR on December 31, 2007?

Many Legacy Private PAIR infrastructure components, including the Entrust Direct client which is used to login to Legacy Private PAIR, are no longer supported by their vendors. In addition, the operating system that supports Legacy Private PAIR cannot be upgraded without re-hosting the entire system. Continuing to operate with the unsupported operating system will result in a probable failure of Certification and Accreditation as required by OMB Circular A-130, Appendix III. (For more information on Security Certification and Accreditation of Federal Information Systems, refer to http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-37/SP800-37-final.pdf.) Having completed a comprehensive assessment of the management, operational, and technical factors, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) plans to continue with its plan to discontinue the availability of Legacy Private PAIR effective December 31, 2007.

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USPTO FAQ - Questions and Answers (07DEC2007)