Scope Of Docket Navigator Data 2017-09-12T12:45:36+00:00

Patent Library Scope of Data

We cover what counts.

U.S. 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

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

International Trade Commissions (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 exist 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

Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB)

The USPTO’s PRPS 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 and CBM that is electronically available through the PRPS, 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

Patent Classification

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) assigns both US Patent Classification (USPC) and Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) codes to each patent. 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 tags litigated patents with 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.