Mar 122014

For the past few months, my side project has been developing a website that mines the Patent Office’s website for troves of PTAB/BPAI decisions data. I’m pleased to welcome this project to the blogosphere as

The premise behind the website is that knowledge is power. Thus, by analyzing Patent Board decisions at each level of authority, in conjunction with other authoritative resources, one can better understand and even predict how the Patent Office will/should apply the patent law. For each decision, the Patent Board Ferret has issue recaps, which display each rejection that the Board panel decided along with which outcome the Board decided on that particular issue. Because the Board’s outcomes (or dispositions) are not as simple as affirmed and reversed (nor should they be), the Ferret keeps in consideration targeted information about the disposition. Table data displays in a user-friendly format all sorts of data corresponding to that decision, such as the Examiner, the art unit, the correspondent, the classification numbers, and many more. The Ferret also has an analysis section where this data can be displayed as graphs.

Why is it called Patent Board Ferret? For those unfamiliar with the verb form of the term ferret, one meaning is to tenaciously search out. I think that this is exactly what the Patent Board Ferret seeks to do: tenaciously search out patent board decisions data. The term is also an animal, which is instantaneously memorable. I hoped that the combination of a play on words with a memorable animal would stick.

I’m really proud of the work that our team has accomplished and where we plan to go in the future. I hope to regularly post on the Ferret’s blog about interesting developments and trends that can be seen by using the Patent Board Ferret. I hope you enjoy the website and blog.

Also, if you are of the social media type, here are some links to like, follow, or +1 social media pages for the Ferret:

Twitter: or @patboardferret

Additionally, you can invite select others to like, follow or +1 the pages.

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