Last Updated Feb 3, 2010 8:57 PM EST
I've sharpened it a bit with Photoshop, but in case you still find it hard to read, here's the text:
SubmitterUnited States Patent and Trademark Office Notice of Document Faxed Upside DownUsually when I see something really peculiar, I try to put myself in the place of the person doing what seems inane and think of reasons why perhaps it makes more sense than it seems. Only, I can't see any possible reason. What, it's faster to send a fax in return and wait for a response? They don't have technology that allows turning the images around? Maybe the patent for that particular nicety of image processing is lost somewhere, probably filed upside down.
Your request to record a document in the United States Patent and Trademark Office was received via electronic fax on [date and time in 2010 omitted].
The faxed submission was received upside down. We are unable to continue processing these images.
Please resubmit your document.
If you have any questions, you may contact our customer service center at [number omitted].
Office of Public Records
If they get the 15 percent increase in fees, will they at least agree to rotate the images? So much for radical improvement. I still can't get over that they appear to have a form letter for this.
[UPDATE: Despite the many questions that people have raised, it turns out that the USPTO does not have a good reason for this silliness. You can see more details at my latest coverage of the story.]