It’s Christmas Eve: Internet systems at patent offices in U.S.A. and Australia have crashed. Just coincidence?
Christmas Eve 2015: Why are the Internet services at the government patent offices in both the United States and Australia shut down right now?
Did you heed last month’s book release by Ted Koppel: “Lights Out
A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath”
Remember my talk in July 2011: “Are you legally prepared for the coming cyberwar?”
Do the dots connect?
–Gerry J. Elman
Here’s the official announcement of the disaster at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as posted December 24, 2015 on home page of www.uspto.gov
And here is what “IP Australia,” the government patent office Down Under, is telling the public:
eServices and Business to business (B2B) will be unavailable until Monday 4 January 2016.
This outage is due to a system issue.
We will enable the Alternate Lodgement Service (ALS) for eServices during this outage. The ALS is a simplified version of eServices that allows electronic submissions during outages and downtime. You will be automatically redirected to the ALS if you attempt to access eServices during the outage period. You will need to agree to new terms and conditions to use the ALS and you will not be required to sign in.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience. If you require further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.