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USPTO Reports Encryption Issue
According to Observer, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) downgraded one of its webpages from a secure, HTTPS connection. The Public Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) page is a public search tool for finding patent information, and in a blog post, the USPTO explains, “The USPTO’s public facing legacy systems, such as Public PAIR, were not designed to support HTTPS protocol. … Following the agency’s April 11, 2017 deployment of HTTPS to Public PAIR, some public users reported errors accessing Public PAIR. A decision was made to back-out the new HTTPS capability while the agency investigated a resolution to the issue. We expect to implement a fix and restoration of the HTTPS protocol in the next few weeks.”
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