On January 26, 2004, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office launched its Assignments on the Web ("AOTW") system at http://assignments.uspto.gov/assignments/q.
The patent assignment record database contains all recorded Patent Assignment information from August 1980 to February 18, 2004 and offers free searching capabilities by reel/frame number, patent number, publication number, assignor name or name index, and assignee name or name index. However, searches may only be conducted using one search element field at a time. Hyperlinks contained within the search results lead to all historical information for each assignment record, with one exception. Patent and publication number hyperlinks that are shown on the "Patent Abstract of Title" page lead to the information contained in the Patent Application Information Retrieval ("PAIR") system for the selected number. And, of course, data that is related to any unpublished application is redacted from the search results.
The trademark assignment database includes records from 1955 to February 18, 2004. Trademark assignments recorded prior to 1955 are maintained at the National Archives and Records Administration. In addition to the patent search fields listed above, trademark records are also searchable by application serial number, and registrant name or name index. Hyperlinks contained within the trademark search results are also linked to historical information on each assignment record with one exception. Serial and registration number hyperlinks shown on the "Trademark Abstract of Title" page lead to information contained in the Trademark Applications and Registration Retrieval ("TARR") system.
Questions or concerns regarding the results of an assignment search can be answered by the Assignment Services Division at AOTW@uspto.gov or 770-308-9723. For more on free, intellectual property information resources, contact the author of this issue of the "APLF Updates," Bill Heinze (firstname.lastname@example.org), at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley LLP in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Special thanks to Kay Melvin at the USPTO for her assistance in preparing this issue.
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