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December 24, 2015


Hey Don,

I've seen several comments, one in particular by someone I respect greatly, that the USPTO may have no authority to declare any day (other than December 25) to be governed by the Holiday rule. Therefore, if you need a filing date certain for application filings and similar matters, you should consider using the 37 CFR 1.10 Express Mail Certification procedure (hard copy) for such filings (I am).


December 27, 2015 at 3:01 pm

To all:

It appears that the USPTO’s Private PAIR and EFS systems are now up, at least enough to retrieve documents from Private PAIR and to file applications through the EFS system.

With respect to filing applications through the EFS system, be very careful. It appears you won’t be able to save a proper pdf file of fee-info or the electronic filing receipt. Instead, I recommend printing each of these documents from the screen itself to save a record of such.

You may also have to pdf print (e.g., using PaperPort) or scan your filled in ADS form if you use the latest version (AIA 14, 11-15 version). When I tried to upload the filled ADS form using this latest version, I got both a Warning and Error message. You still get a Warning message if you pdf print or scan the filled ADS form, but at least you can complete the EFS filing.

Hope that helps.

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