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Patent and Trademark File Histories Now Available Through Dialog
Thomson Scientific (www.scientific.thomson.com) announced that research professionals can now order file histories directly through patent and trademark databases on Dialog. File histories are up-to-date accounts of the prosecution history for published or granted patent cases and trademarks.
Also called ‘file wrappers,’ file histories provide the full history of a patent including all documentation of the correspondence between the examiner at the patent office and the applicants or their representatives. Thomson Scientific claims to be the world’s largest provider of file histories with an extensive in-house inventory. Its coverage of international file histories spans more than 40 languages and countries.
Each electronic patent file history automatically includes a family report with a complete International Patent Documentation Center (INPADOC) family list for the source document. And, for each family member, patent researchers will see:
- U.S. litigation information
- U.S. post-issuance assignment data
- U.S. post-issuance data, including assignment data
- Maintenance fee status
- Legal status
Source: Thomson Scientific
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