Patent Litigation Alerts and other Patent Information

Over the past few weeks, I have been enjoying PriorSmart’s new “patent complaint alert” service.  Each day, I receive an e-mail listing the most recent patent litigation complaints filed in US courts.  I like this particular service because it is free (Rubin Anders is their corporate sponsor) and because it provides direct links to PDFs of the complaints and the patents-in-suit.

The service is still in limited release, but up to 200 Patently-O readers can sign-up for the service using the following link:

See a sample complaint here:

There are several other similar services:

  • Justia (Free, but does not provide the actual complaint or patent number listing);
  • Docket Navigator (Great service and includes same-day summaries of many decisions, but not free). Normally, their service runs about $30 per month. Darryl Towell who runs Docket Navigator just e-mailed with an offer to Patently-O readers: “Patently-O readers who send an email to before September 1, 2010, will receive the discounted rate of $14.95/month. That discounted rate is for new subscribers and will be good through the end of 2011.”
  • LexMachina (Great service, and is free for some).

Let us know (in the comments) if you have other good sources for this info.

Patent Tools: While I’m talking about patent information tools, I should also mention the new patent analysis tools offered by the company Patent Calls.  Interestingly, the tools were developed by well known patent plaintiff Erich Spangenberg (and his team).  Spangenberg then sold them to Patent Calls who decided to offer them as a free service. (Patent Calls makes its money by providing more detailed analysis of patents, patent infringement, and patent markets).  One feature that I enjoy from the Tools is that, for each patent, the main-page provides a direct link to additional information such as maintenance fee payments, certificates of correction, and patent family information. For published applications, the Tools also do a mark-up comparing the published claims with the issued claims.  Spangenberg’s team created a pretty good algorithm for automatically finding similar patents. However, at this point, that feature is not available for free. Of course, I should be careful in distinguishing Patent Calls “Tools” from another free service PatTools.

Search Patents Via Google

Try the new Google Patent Search here. Advanced search here.

DDC Comments: The greatest benefit is that pre-1976 patents are now text-searchable.  This is huge for historians, but I suspect that we will now see more citations based on these older documents. Google searches are very fast as compared to other search engines.  One problem: Google is best at finding the top-twenty references related to your search.  Google is much worse at doing exhaustive searches.  Thus, if you want to find every patent that mentions a certain term, you will probably not be successful (at this point) with the Google Patent Search.  Finally, Google does not yet have a link to the PDF version of the document.

Please try out the search and leave your own comments below.

Other useful free patent search engines:

USPTO Announces Release of Private PAIR 7.0: Live Online Launch and Training

USPTOThe PTO asked me to do a press release on the newest release of the PTO’s online patent prosecution database: Private PAIR 7.0.  New features include:

  • Customer Number Details Online Self-Administration
  • Attorney Docket Number Online Self-Administration
  • Pending Non-Published PCT Application Search
  • Ordering of Certified Copies for Private Applications via Private PAIR
  • XML Application Data Download
  • Display References Tab will have two more sections of references
  • The PTO will hold a 90 minute interactive web-event discussing the new features. Sign up here.

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