Automatic USPTO IDS Assurance

The Need

A respectable IP firm needed to verify that the data resides in its docketing system, perfectly matches the data in the online register, specifically in the USPTO. This match was specifically requested for the IDS data since this data is usually large, and could have been lost or forgotten without clear notice.

The Solution

IDS Assurance program, which compares the docketing system with the USPTO database. In case discrepancies are found, they are clearly shown, and action can be made easily to reset the items in the docketing system, thus making them ready to be re-submitted. Implementing the solution revealed large numbers of discrepancies in most of the IP firm files. Since the system was implemented, periodical operation of the program reveals minimal discrepancies, if any, and they are treated on the spot, without painful and costly measures.

General

Vulnerability in the patent application lies in part within an incorrect IDS submission. Automatic USPTO IDS Assurance verifies that all relevant IDS items from your database are actually submitted to the USPTO. All omitted items are shown clearly, divided into categories – U.S Patents, Foreign Patents or Non Patent Literature.

The IDS process, as organized and automated as it is, still suffers from human error sensitivity. Its incremental characteristic makes it vulnerable to inconsistency between IDS data within the Patent Attorney firm database, and the actual submitted data to the USPTO. The importance of the IDS Assurance is therefore vital to the validation of the patent registration process itself.

App4Reg processes simply verify that all relevant IDS items from your database are actually submitted to the USPTO. All omitted items are shown clearly divided into categories – U.S Patents, Foreign Patents or Non Patent Literature.