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The AND operator is a plus sign. For example,
alice+abstract searches for
documents containing both
The OR operator is a vertical bar or a space. For example,
alice abstract and
alice | abstract both search for documents containing
abstract, or both.
The NOT operator is a minus sign. For example,
alice -abstract searches for documents that contain
alice OR do not contain
abstract. Note the OR in the previous sentence. Use
to search for documents that contain
alice AND do not contain
To search for an exact phrase, enclose the phrase in double quotes. For example,
searches for documents containing exactly that phrase whereas
abstract idea is treated as OR, as discussed above.
alice +(enfish amdocs)" will search for documents containing
alice and either or
Aside from the operators below, most special characters (including & / \ + -) in your search term will be ignored (basically
treated like spaces). For example, an exact phrase search for
"held & malloy"
is the same as a search for
"held malloy" (both will return documents containing "held & malloy" and "held malloy").
Where this often comes up is with application numbers (e.g., a search for
13/826,701 is treated as a search for
826,701). NOTE: if you want to search for files associated with a particular application number (Rather than for application
numbers appearing in the text of documents, use just the 8 digit application number and do not include any special characters)
Currently, if you want to match a partial word suffix operator is an asterisk. For example,
elec* searches for words that start
elec. If you want to match partial words, use this operator.
We're working to make the search syntax more intuitive. If have are having trouble formulating a search of getting unexpected results, shoot us an email at [email protected] and we will try to help you out ASAP.
*To enter multiple values, separate them by vertical bars (e.g., 11111|22222).
Corresponds to the "Document Code" column in PAIR.
The action that happened after the result document. This can be used, for example, to find documents that resulted in a notice of allowance (i.e., the next outgoing action was a notice of allowance). Possible values for this field are generally limited to restrictions and actions on the merits.
The action that happened before the result document. This can be used, for example, to find documents where the previous action was a nonfinal rejection but are not themselves responses to nonfinal rejections. Possible values for this field are generally limited to restrictions and actions on the merits.
The incoming filing/resonse that happened after the result document. Possible values for this field are generally limited to elections and responses to actions on the merits.
The incoming filing/response that happened after the result document. Possible values for this field are generally limited to elections and responses to actions on the merits.
The name of the Examiner listed on the result document.
The name of the Customer Number listed on the result document.
The name of the Correspondent listed on the result document.
The art unit listed on the result document.
The person who signed the result document. This will often be listed as [authorizer]/[actual filer]*
The person whose registration number was used for the incoming action.**
*currently only populated on outgoing actions. Do not use if searching for incoming actions.
**currently only populated on incoming actions. Do not use if searching for outgoing actions.
Files from PAIR and the PTAB that have been OCRd and tagged. This includes office actions, responses, appeals, decisions, etc. Currently the index contains over 180,000 PAIR files and 69,000 PTAB files. This number will be growing weekly.
We also provide private indexes which can contain any file wrappers desired (e.g., a private index of all your firm's/company's file wrappers). Contact [email protected] for more info.
No. To get bibliography, file history, assignments, and pdfs for a particular application, publication, or patent, go here