A giant leap forward for IP research on Westlaw

January 25, 2011

We’re pleased to announce the following developments in IP research on Westlaw: 

  • Intellectual property administrative filings for the International Trade Commission (ITC), Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI), and Trademark Trials and Appeals Board (TTAB)
  • Access to United States Patent and Trademark Office Official Gazette database (FIP-OG-PAT)

New IP administrative filings

Sure to be highly valuable to patent and trademark litigators and prosecutors crafting their own arguments, the ITC, BPAI, and TTAB filings include briefs, motions, and responses, and are linked to the corresponding decisions, as well as to KeyCite, IP filing rules, Westlaw Profiler documents, and other IP documents. Though these filings are currently available on government sites, they are not associated with the appropriate decision, and locating them can be a challenge.

The new filings, which will be particularly useful in retrieving material involving a specific legal issue or judge, can also be searched in the U.S. International Trade Commission Filings (USITC-FILINGS), Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences Filings (BPAI-FILINGS),Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Filings (TTAB-FILINGS), or Intellectual Property Administrative Filings (IPADMIN-FILINGS) databases, all released this week.

United States Patent and Trademark Office Official Gazette database (FIP-OG-PAT)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Official Gazette database will provide easy, searchable access to the Official Gazette, the primary official record of USPTO announcements (e.g., of proposed rulemaking) and actions (e.g., issuance of reexamination certificates). Coverage of notices begins with December 1994; coverage of ex parte and inter partes reexaminations begins with October 2009.