PTO Launches New Patent Public Search Tool and Webpage

By on February 3, 2022
Posted In Patents

On February 1, 2022, the US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) announced a new Patent Public Search tool similar to the search tools used by patent examiners to provide more convenient and robust full-text searching of all US patents and published patent applications.

The Patent Public Search tool is free to all users with internet access and is based on the advanced Patents End-to-End (PE2E) search tool used by patent examiners. It also combines the capabilities of four existing search tools scheduled to retire in September 2022: (1) Public-Examiner’s Automated Search Tool (PubEAST), (2) Public-Web-based Examiner’s Search Tool (PubWEST), (3) Patent Full-Text and Image Database (PatFT) and (4) Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (AppFT). (In the past, the public could only access PubEAST and PubWEST at a PTO facility or a Patent and Trademark Resource Center.)

Additional benefits of the new search tool include:

  • Multiple layouts with several tools to provide more data at once
  • Multicolor highlighting that can be viewed across multiple gadgets and be turned on or off
  • Ability to tag documents into multiple groups that can be renamed and color coordinated
  • Ability to add notes, tags, relevant claims and highlights to an image
  • Use of the same searching syntax as PubEAST and PubWEST.

The PTO also introduced a new Patent Public Search webpage that includes FAQs, training resources and additional information to assist the public in using the new tool. The PTO is also planning on conducting public training sessions that will be posted on the webpage as soon as they are scheduled.

Amol Parikh
Amol Parikh concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation, counseling and procurement. He draws on his trial and litigation experience in combination with his engineering training to quickly identify intellectual property issues and develop creative strategies to address them. Amol’s work on behalf of clients has earned him recognition in many industry publications. Most recently, Amol was recognized in February 2019 with the International Law Office’s “2019 Client Choice Award” for Intellectual Property in Illinois. The award recognizes “excellent client care” and the “ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond the other players in the market,” and winners may only be nominated by corporate counsel. Read Amol Parikh's full bio.