The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has completed its transition to a new Patent Public Search tool (PPUBS), retiring several legacy tools. For those familiar with the legacy tools, the retired tools include: Public-Examiner’s Automated Search Tool (PubEAST), Public-Web-based Examiner’s Search Tool (PubWEST), Patent Full-Text and Image Database (PatFT), and Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (AppFT). The new PPUBS tool is publicly available at https://ppubs.uspto.gov/pubwebapp/static/pages/landing.html.
The new PPUBS tool allows users to search and download PDF copies of all U.S. patents and (published) patent applications. The tools provide for custom text searching and a wide variety of textual search strategies, such as wildcards, Boolean search terms, proximity operators, and field-specific search terms, can be used.
The PPUBS tool also includes several updates and upgrades to help users streamline patent searches. This includes user-friendly improvements such as a customizable modular data interface and the ability to add highlighting, tagging, and notes to organize the search data. Notably, the PPUBS tool also permits sorting the results by different data fields (e.g., title, date published, patent classification codes, applicant name) to quickly and efficiently locate US patents and patent applications of interest. Users can also quickly locate search terms within the text of any located US patents and patent applications. In addition, users can review forward and/or backward citations related to a specific US patent or patent application. These citations may provide useful insight into other patents or patent applications of potential interest.
The PPUBS tool is an invaluable tool that can be incorporated into any patent search strategy. Moreover, the tool is accessible to anyone conducting patent searching tasks. If you have questions regarding the USPTO’s new PPUBS tool, please contact your attorney at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.
Your attorney at Andrus Intellectual Property Law can also provide training for how to use the PPUBS tool, implement internal patent search strategies, and/or initiate formal professional patent searches performed by Andrus, such as patentability searches, clearance searches, and landscape/competitive monitoring searches. More information on common patent search strategies can be found at https://www.andruslaw.com/news/newsletters/march-2019-newsletter.
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Patent Engineer Nicholas L. Lush joined Andrus full-time in November 2022. Nic assists attorneys in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, as well as conducting prior art searches regarding patentability, non-infringement, and freedom to operate. Nicholas’ experience has involved prosecution in a wide range of technologies including aerospace manufacturing systems, cybersecurity software, medical equipment, optical systems, automated food processing equipment, control and automation, electrical and electronic circuits and systems, robotics, medical patient monitoring technologies, and mechanical devices. Nicholas currently attends the 4th ranked Intellectual Property law program in the nation, Franklin Pierce School of Law. Prior to law school, Nicholas received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Brigham Young University. Nicholas focused his engineering education on research and development, with a focus on non-invasive biomedical devices.
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