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Scope of Data Available in Docket Navigator*

Note: this refers only to the data in our Patent library. Scope of data information is currently unavailable for Copyright, Trademark, and Antitrust.

US District Courts*

The database now includes all patents from every electronically available complaint going back to 2000 in the district courts. It also includes every claim term going back to 2002.

Every amended complaint is searched for newly asserted patent numbers, and those patents are entered into the database as well. A subset of Answers that meet certain criteria are also checked for new patents in the counterclaims and those patents are entered on a daily basis.

All significant rulings in the district court patent cases have been indexed back to January 2008.

Patent numbers* 2000
Claim terms* 2002
Basic case information (case number, parties, etc.) 2000
Indexed Rulings and selected pleadings* 2008
Outcomes Cases that terminated after January 1, 2016

*If the complaint or other relevant document is electronically available.

International Trade Commission (ITC)*

For the ITC, EDIS is checked for newly filed documents and cases on a daily basis. That information is added to Docket Navigator the same way the district court documents are processed. The database contains a complete docket sheet for every ITC case that is electronically available on EDIS, as well as every patent number that is electronically available. The significant rulings are entered on a daily basis, from 2012 forward.

Patent numbers All that exists in EDIS
Claim terms Daily basis from 2012 forward
Basic case information (case number, parties, etc.) All that exist in EDIS
Indexed Rulings and selected pleadings* Daily basis from 2012 forward
Outcomes (collected directly from EDIS) Investigations that instituted after October 1, 2008

*If the complaint or other relevant document is electronically available.

Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)*

The USPTO’s PTAB E2E portal is checked for newly filed documents and cases on a daily basis. Currently included in the database is a docket sheet for every IPR, CBM and PGR that is electronically available through the PTAB E2E, as well every patent number that is electronically available. Rulings are indexed and searchable by type of document and legal issue where applicable.

Patent numbers All that exist in the PTAB portal
Basic case information (case number, parties, etc.) All that exist in the PTAB portal
Indexed Rulings and selected pleadings* All substantive decisions and pleadings
Outcomes (derived from classifications of Board decisions) All terminated cases that exist in the PTAB portal

*If the complaint or other relevant document is electronically available.

Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) - Limited Coverage*

The CAFC is not considered a part of our official scope of data. The CAFC documents in the database go back to 2012, so results will be limited to opinions filed after that date. We maintain basic coverage of the cases so that our users can set up alerts on the cases, docket entries and documents, but we do not analyze the data or summarize it for our users the way we do for district courts, the ITC and the PTAB. The only opinions flagged for text searching are from this page: http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/opinions-orders. That means that if an order or opinion is issued but does not appear on that page, it would not appear in your text searches or alerts in a Documents search.

Patent Classification*

In 2013, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) began transitioning from the US Patent Classification (USPC) system to the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system. Prior to that time, U.S. patents included only USPC codes. In 2013 and 2014, U.S. patents were assigned both USPC and CPC codes. In 2015, the PTO began issuing patents with only CPC codes and assigned CPC codes for older patents, except for design and plant patents which continue to issue with USPC codes

Both systems allow patents to be tagged with more than one classification when the patent overlaps several areas. The USPC system is somewhat arbitrarily arranged and not inherently hierarchical, however the National Bureau of Economic Research organized the approximately 600 USPC codes into six categories and 39 subcategories. The CPC system is inherently hierarchical with nine top-level divisions, 126 subcategories, and about 650 4-digit CPC codes. Both the USPC and the CPC divide these codes into multiple levels of subcodes.

Docket Navigator utilizes both the USPC and CPC codes and subcodes. The complete list of codes and their titles is available on the Abstract tab of the patent detail page under the headings: Main U.S. Patent Class, Other U.S. Patent Classes, U.S. Patent Class Search Field, and Cooperative Patent Classes. The complete list of subcodes are available under the headings: U.S. Patent Class subcodes and Cooperative Patent Classes subcodes.

A search by patent class in Docket Navigator returns patents, or other items associated with those patents, which are tagged with any of the specified USPC or CPC class codes. Selecting the criteria shows a hierarchical arrangement with both the USPC and CPC classes at the highest level. A search may include categories from either or both systems.