What is a file wrapper?
The file wrapper in the written record of communication between the applicant, patent office and examiner, and includes a variety of different information about a specific patent. As a result, there can be numerous documents in a file wrapper which can be time consuming to read through.
Therefore, for US patents only Patsnap will extract information from file wrapper and summarise key information in the form cards at the top of the page. Making important information easily accessible and easy to digest.
What information is summarised?
- Examination Process has started
- Notice of allowance given
- Days since Application
- Expedited procedures
- Days since Examination
- Latest rejection
- Request for nonpublication
- Restriction Requirements
- Non-final rejection given
- Final rejection given
- Request for Continued Examination (RCE)
- Claim amendment count
- Examiner-initiated interviews
- Applicant-initiated interviews
- Conference interviews
- Telephone interviews
- In-person interviews
- IDS submissions
- Patent rights recoverable
- Examiner's name
- Examiner grant rate
- Art unit
- Art Unit Predictor (grant rate)
- Current Assignee
- Grant rate of assignee in IPC classification code
- Patent pendency
- Maintenance period
- Applicant delay(s)
- USPTO delays (PTA/PTE)
- Certificate of Correction
- Ex Participant Reexamination (EPR)
- Inter Partes Review (IPR)
- Post Grant Review (PGR)
For some US patents, the file wrapper documents may be organised into one of three categories.
- Rejection (available for US patents from the 19th of March 2008 - onwards)
- IDS (available for US patents 2014 onwards)
- Terminal disclaimer
This makes finding and extracting information from file wrapper document even quicker.
This feature is only available for US patents, and have at least one rejection file in the file wrapper.
Once you enter the claims history, you will see a timeline of the rounds of rejection in the top left hand corner. You can toggle between the different rounds of rejections by clicking on the timeline.
By default, for each round of rejection, two columns are displayed. The left column is the notification of rejection, and the right column displays the amendments. If there is no amendments, then the reply notice will be displayed instead.
The amendments are highlighted in green and red, with green being new text added in and red being text which has been removed.
Additionally, for the amendments file, you can toggle between a PDF and text file depending on your preference of view.
Claims History Tier permissions:
Premium Tier: will receive full access and can view 200 documents/month.
Standard Tier: will receive a 3-month trial and can view 100 documents/month until September 6th, 2023.