Last Tuesday night, a major power outage at USPTO headquarters resulted in damaged equipment that required the subsequent shutdown of many of their online and IT systems.
As we told you, sources had told us the damage would cause the outage to last through this past weekend. Our sources were correct.
All USPTO online systems have been restored as of December 28 following the major power outage at USPTO headquarters that occurred December 22. The incident damaged equipment that shutdown our IT systems. Our examiners are back at work and customers can once again search, file, and/or make payments.
Even with systems online, there is much work to be done to repair and stabilize power supply and hardware. This work, being conducted by USPTO employees, contractors, and third party service providers, continues around the clock. Therefore, in order to keep systems protected and prevent damage, it is possible that some or all systems may need to be taken offline again.