August 31, 2007

On Thursday, the USPTO announced and launched its newest search tool, namely the ability to text-search final decisions of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI). For all decisions posted on the BPAI Final Decision FOIA web page (link below), one may now search those decisions for specific key words. According to the USPTO, “the database of final Board decisions that are posted on the Final Decision FOIA web page will be searched for a text string entered into a text search field and the identity of any decision(s) containing the string will be returned.” Aside from the general document text search, one may also search for a number of specific identifiers, including an application number, a patent number, an appeal number, interference number, a publication number, and an inventor name. The aforementioned searches may also be limited to a range of particular dates. I note that the general text-search also allows you to search for a particular attorney or law firm if that information is present within the text of the decisions.

USPTO Announcement: LINK
USPTO e-FOIA Webpage: LINK

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