Posted by J Matthew Buchanan at March 15, 2006 09:55 AM
Quick – when does the new USPTO electronic filing system go live? Is it this Friday, March 17th (as originally reported by the Office in the online training session for the new private PAIR), Thursday (as suggested by yesterday’s press release), or next Monday (the day of the online training for the new system)?
The Office has sent several mixed messages, and now I am left wondering when I can use the new system. Guess what? I have an application due on Friday. Can I file it electronically? Who knows….
Not a great way to introduce revolutionary technology to the bar…
This has caused me to reflect on several annoying practices of the Office when it comes to press releases…inconsistency being only one of them.
For example…today’s announcement regarding the Office’s call for suggestions on the forthcoming strategic plan for 2007–2012. The announcement appears on the front page of the web site, but not on the main news page. The front page always changes, and this content will eventually be replaced by different, newer content. So, we can’t link directly to it. Problem.