Despite slight differences in search functionality, PAIR and Ipsum both have similar display interfaces.The following documents (unless excluded for one of the reasons set out below) from the open part of the file are available for GB patent applications published after 1 January 2008 (i.e.Probably because the full version of Ipsum was released only this month, while public PAIR was released in 2004.It’s unclear if Ipsum will retroactively add patent document file histories to the system, or if the patent file histories will only be electronically available for patent documents filed after 2011.For more information on file histories available through Landon IP, visit their website. Do you know of any other free public portals for accessing patent file histories?
Ipsum offers less search options than PAIR, since PAIR allows the user to search by control, patent, or PCT number, in addition to searching by application or publication number.
[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] The USPTO public PAIR (Patent Application Information Retrieval) portal is an extremely useful tool for checking application statuses for US patent documents and viewing File Wrappers, which contain electronic versions of all correspondence with the USPTO related to a particular patent application.
The Intellogist Blog has posted a two part guide on how to use the public PAIR portal, and we’ve located the File Wrapper for the famous “Godly Powers” patent application on PAIR.
The user must also enter a re CAPTCHA on the Public PAIR homepage before conducting the search.
Once the PAIR record has been located for a patent document, users can view legal status, bibliographic details, and download any or all Image File Wrapper documents into a single PDF file by accessing various tabs within the record (Application Data, Transaction History, Image File Wrapper, Published Documents, Address & Attorney/Agent, Display References).