Late in the day on Monday, March 17, 2014, the USPTO said that Oracle’s first version of Java 8 will be released on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. If you install Java 8 and encounter authentication issues when trying to use EFS Web or Private PAIR the USPTO says that you will need to revert to Java 7 Update 51. The USPTO says that Java 8 will not be an automatic update.
The USPTO is working with Oracle and Entrust “for a solution,” which sounds more ominous than the rest of the announcement that Java 8 may create authentication issues.
To avoid unnecessary downtime it might make sense to hold off updating to Java 8 until compatibility issues are addressed.
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