The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced a new Patent Public Search tool (the “Search tool”). The new Search tool promises to provide more convenient, remote, and robust full-text searching of all U.S. patents and published patent applications.
The USPTO claims that the new Search tool combines the capabilities of four existing search tools scheduled to be retired in September 2022. Furthermore, the USPTO worked to improve the user friendliness of the Search tool. The alleged benefits include providing multiple layouts, highlighting functions, tagging functions, notes functions, and improving the quality of search results, etc.
To aid users with the launch of the new Search tool, the USPTO also introduced a new Patent Public Search webpage. The webpage includes FAQs, training resources, and other information related to the new Search tool.
Press Release here.