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The USPTO Website hosts searchable full text collections for US published applications and granted patents. The dates covered by the online collection are shown below:

US Granted Patents - Full text since 1976, complete images since 1790.

US Published Applications – the entire collection since its inception in March 2001.


Recent Updates

December 2014 - The USPTO released a BETA version of the new USPTO website. The site has been updated based on user feedback, and a video by the USPTO describes a number of new features on the site, including:[1]

  • Quick Links section - Provides easy access to the most heavily used material, like searching for patents or trademarks, checking in on the status of an application, or filing.
  • Patent Section - Learn about the patent process, how to file a patent application, or how to maintain a patent.
  • Trademarks Section - Learn about trademarks, how to apply for a trademark, or maintaining a trademark registration.
  • Learning and Resources Section - Additional materials for specific groups including inventors, patent agents, teachers, and children.

Users can leave feedback or report broken links by clicking the "Provide feedback" link in the yellow banner found at the top of each page.


August 2013 - According to a recent announcement from the Patents Alert USPTO News:[2]

The USPTO has upgraded the USPTO Full Text and Image Database. It now uses PDF images instead of TIFF images which provides several new benefits including the ability to print full documents. Patent images may be viewed, printed and saved using a standard PDF-equipped browser. A separate TIFF plug-in is no longer required. In addition to the standard page-by-page viewing, users may now also click on a “Full Document” button to retrieve all the patent images at once.


Benefits

The searchable US patent classification data in the electronic records for these documents is current and updated as a result of revisions to the US Patent Classification System. Data from 1976 back to the earliest patents from 1790 can be searched by current US classification.


Limitations

Query length and allowed processing resources are limited; complex queries may fail. The system is open for public searching and patent copies may be saved from the database, but the system imposes limits to ensure that it does not become a source of bulk patent copy downloads.


Sources

  1. "USPTO Website Beta." YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gonaTZlFmB4&feature=youtu.be. Accessed December 19, 2014.
  2. "Patent on the Web Upgrade." Email from Patents Alert USPTO News, received August 23, 2013.

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