USPTO Filing System: Expects To Be Back Online by Close-of-Business Tuesday 8/21 August 20, 2018PatentDennis Crouch USPTO IT employees and vendors are currently in Musk-Ludicrous mode – “working around the clock to restore the PALM database.” The Patent Application Locating and Monitoring database (PALM) is the primary USPTO tool for tracking patent prosecution progress. PALM data supports many other USPTO systems used for filing, searching, and paying patent fees. At approximately 4:30 a.m. ET on August 15, 2018, PALM experienced an issue during maintenance that impacted its ability to function properly. PALM was taken offline to fix the issue. Because PALM is interconnected with other USPTO systems, the functionality of these systems was also affected. Trademarks systems were not affected. The PTO’s current best estimate is that service will be restored sometime on Tuesday August 21, 2018. The PTO has announced that it will refund the extra fees paid due to paper filing. However, system failures will not generally provide an excuse for filing delays. [Photo from hobvias sudoneighm].