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USPTO Adopts PDF for Patent Documents

The USPTO has adopted PDF as the default format for displaying patent documents from its databases, making it one of the last (if not last) of the major patent offices to switch to the world’s most popular document image format. … Continue reading

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USPTO to Remove Inventor’s Mailing Address from Patent Docs

The USPTO will no longer include the inventor’s mailing address on unassigned patents and published applications because of privacy concerns. However, correspondence information will continue to be available in Public PAIR. Patent documents will only display the city and state … Continue reading

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US Issues Patent 7,500,000

The USPTO issued patent no. 7,500,000 on March 3, marking a new milestone in US patent documents. The subject of the patent is a “Method or System for Assigning or Creating a Resource” in a computer storage device, such as … Continue reading

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USPTO Publishes 2,000,000th Application

On February 5, the USPTO reached an important patent document milestone: the two millionth published application. The first US application (2001/0000001) was published almost eight years ago on March 15, 2001. The USPTO published 6,581 applications on Feb. 5. Depending … Continue reading

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New Guide to Using Patent Information from WIPO

WIPO recently published a new 44-page guide to using patent information. The guide explains what a patent is, the information contained in a patent document, where patent information can be found, and how to use basic patent search strategies. Almost … Continue reading

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Locating Re-examination Certificates

Patent attorney Stephen Nipper recently posted on his blog, The Invent Blog, a question about re-examination numbers. It seems that the USPTO website has some erroneous examples of re-examination document numbers. In brief, anyone may file a request for a … Continue reading

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There’s (yet) another way to search patents on the internet: A new patent database/IP exchange portal called has just launched. is the brainchild of Robert Monster, a hi-tech venture capitalist, authority on market research and former product developer … Continue reading

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New Patent PDF Download Tool

Patent Retriever is a new service for downloading patent documents. Launched just days ago (May 30), it will retrieve US, EP and WO (PCT) patent documents in PDF format fairly quickly, although I haven’t timed it against other similar services. … Continue reading

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New Patent PDF Download Tool

IP Newsflash (IPN), an information portal for IP news, official notices and case law, has added a patent document download to its suite of patent information tools. Users can retrieve a PDF copy of any patent document in the EPO’s … Continue reading

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Early U.S. Patents Recovered

The USPTO has recently added to its patent database approximately 500 patents issued from 1790-1836 that were lost for 175 years. These documents were among the approximately 10,000 patents destroyed when the Patent Office, which was located in Blodgett’s Hotel … Continue reading

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