The Patent Application Alert Service

By: Sandra King  |   April 30, 2015

On April 23, 2015, the USPTO announced the release of the Patent Application Alert Service (PAAS). The system is a free service that provides customizable email alerts when patent applications containing specified keywords are published. The alerts allow for interested parties to directly access the published applications that meet their search criteria. This service is designed to allow stakeholders to more readily target applications for third-party pre-issuance submissions under the America Invents Act (AIA).

Under 35 U.S.C. § 122(e), third party submissions may be made before the earlier of (A) the date of notice of allowance is given or mailed in the application for patent, or (B) the later of (i) 6 months after the date of publication or (ii) the date of the first rejection of any claim by the Examiner. Since this may serve as a limited time frame for some interested parties, especially when a large number of relevant applications are of interest, PAAS can help stakeholders meet statutory requirements. While similar services were previously provided by search companies, this system provides an easier tool for weekly monitoring of applications.

Much like other search engines, the service allows the user to limit the search to the title or abstract, specification, claims, CPC classification, applicant, inventor or assignee. Users can search for any or all keywords or for the exact keyword or phrase entered. The service also allows the user to find applications that have one keyword in one section and another in a different section using the “Sub Conditions” function. The service requires you to register before you can begin receiving alerts and allows you to do a “test run” to see what results you might find with your keywords.

The email alerts will only contain applications published in the prior week and search results will be ordered based on relevance with best matches listed first. It is important to note that the actual results received in an alert consist of hyperlinked publication numbers only and do not contain titles or further descriptors. Users who end up with large result lists would be wise to outsource their results to patent research companies for further sorting and analysis.
Kramer IP Search/Kramer & Amado is available to assist users in managing results, performing prior art searching and filing third-party submissions.