XSearch Revision Notices


What's New! (The Fall 2007 Update)

What's New! (The Fall 2007 Update)

X-Search now allows sorting hit lists by any of the displayed hit list fields.

When a mark is viewed in one hit list, X-Search now automatically flags that mark as viewed in all other hit lists containing that mark.

What's New ! (August 8, 1999 Update) What's New! (The Fall 2005 Update)

What's New! (The Fall 2005 Update)

The following changes should be noted.

  • Serial numbers can be searched in the following formats: 78277040 78/277040 78-277040 78/277,040 78-277,040
  • Design codes can be searched either with or without the imbedded periods (but use the [DD] field for the imbedded period format, e.g., 26.01.28[DD], or omit the index identifier, as the six digit design codes with the imbedded periods are essentially unique to the design code entries). Keywords of the descriptions for design code entries also can be searched in the [DD] index, though I would NOT recommend that practice for real design searches.
  • A new Standard Characters entry in the X-Search Help menu opens a browser page at the URL http://www.uspto.gov/teas/standardCharacterSet.html, providing quick access to the standard character table on the USPTO website. (This is a convenient reference for the next addition to X-Search.)
  • A new Decimal Mark [DM] index includes the decimal value of every character occurring in the word mark, so every character in the word mark should be searchable by it's decimal value. The Standard Character table on the USPTO website is a handy reference for identifying the decimal value of the character of interest. For example, the right parenthesis ) character is not directly searchable in the basic index, but using the decimal value 41 for ) from the standard character table, you can build the search criterion 41[DM] to retrieve all mark with the ) character in the word mark. Perhaps a more interesting example is to search for the ( character near the ) character via the DM index, as in 40[DM] NEAR2 41[DM], obtaining hits like the following.
    Serial  Mark
    78358556  2(X)IST
    76332098  (O)
    76590085  (U)PHORIA!
    78505559  (E)PORT


  • For documents retrieved, the design codes are displayed with the text descriptions from the index of the Design Search Code Manual. Below is the relevant text from a sample record.
    Design Code
    03.19.24 - Stylized fish, whales, seals, sea lions
    03.19.25 - Catfish; Other fish (this section includes basic fish); Piranhas; Salmon; Tuna
  • The permutations of the Word Mark and Pseudo Mark for the Basic Index [BI] have been indexed independently in the Mark Index [MI] and Pseudo Index [PI] fields. In the rare case that your BI search retrieves noise because of pseudo mark entries, you can now restrict your * truncation searches to the Mark Index [MI] field. (I expect you'll rarely need this option, but I'll be using it for data inspections. For example, the Holtz search can now be performed without noise from pseudo marks influencing the results. (Namely, what typed drawing or standard character marks (if any) are NOT retrieved by the *{M}*[MI] search? Recall that the *{M}*[BI] retrieves multiple marks by their pseudo mark entries).
  • The SD - Single Design - index has been removed, and a new TD - Total Designs - field of the count of the total number of design codes occurring for the serial number record has been added. Why? The SD index was only significant if the record included exactly 1 specific design code. The new TD - Total Designs - index allow for searching any number of design codes. For example, the previous database allowed for searching 030108[SD] to retrieve all marks with just the ordinary dog design code. Now, the 030108[DC] search can be combined with the TD search criteria. For example, the search
    030108[DC] AND ("1" "2")[TD]
    can be submitted to retrieve all marks with the simple dog design code 03.01.08 and at most one additional design code, a search that was not possible in the previous version of the search database.
  • The Coordinated Classes table was updated, with International Class 041 added to the list of Coordinated Classes for 009. That is, the search "009"[CC] now retrieves all records in International Class 041 as well as the previous records with International Classes 010, 016, 028, 035, 038, 042, 044, A, B and 200.


What's New! (Madrid Update of November 2003)

What's New! (Madrid Update of November 2003)

With the implementation of the Madrid Protocol, we're excited to announce the following enhancements with this November 2003 update to X-Search.

Color Drawings: X-Search has been modified to display and print the black & white or color drawing for the mark.
International Registration: A new International Registration [IR] Number field has been added for §66(a) filings. X-Search users may search, display and print this new International Registration Number data for §66(a) filings.
Standard Characters: A new Standard Characters [ST] field has been added to X-Search to allow for search, display and print of the Standard Character Drawing marks. Generally, new Standard Character Drawing marks will have the mark drawing code 4 with the new literal text entry STANDARD CHARACTER MARK. X-Search indexing procedures have been updated to allow for searching most standard characters. The exceptions are " ' ( ) , ; [ \ ] _ { | } ' ' " " ˜. These characters have special meanings to the search engine.
Filing Basis Changes: Previously, X-Search included the Filed ITU [IU] and Section 44 Indicator [S4] fields to allow for searching for filings for those two filing bases. Those filing bases have been reorganized into two new fields: the Current Basis [CB] and the Original Basis [OB] fields. Entries for the CB and OB fields include 1A, 1B, 44D, 44E, 66A, and NO FILING BASIS.
TICRS feature: The File menu includes a new TICRS Image Retrieval option for initiating TICRS and automatically viewing the TICRS information for the serial number currently being viewed on X-Search.


What's New! (TICRS Update of August 2002)

What's New! (TICRS Update of August 2002)

We're excited to announce the new Send to TICRS feature for the session statistics menu that allows examining attorneys to send their X Search session summaries to TICRS for storage with the other various electronic files maintained for trademark applications. See the File Menu discussion for additional details regarding the Send to TICRS feature.

What's New ! (2001 Update)

What's New! (2001 Update)

We're excited to announce the following new features with this 2001 update to X-Search.

A new TRAM tab allows users to view select TRAM information, including the examiner assigned, the location of the file and the prosecution history. Users may print or copy to the clipboard the TRAM information via right-click.

Full Screen Views
Three new tabs allow for full screen views of key display panes. A new Hit List tab provides a full screen view of the hit list. A new Document display provides a full screen view of an individual trademark record. The new TRAM view allows for the display of select TRAM information. These new tabs supplement the Classic tab, the default display format, and the Images tab for viewing images for multiple marks simultaneously.

More Hot Keys
The Hot Keys have been expanded to include function keys F2 through F12, allowing users to define up to 11 strings for automatic input into the search statement. (Previously, only six function keys F4 through F9 were available as hot keys.)

Print Menu Update
The Print all documents menu entry was moved down so that users won't inadvertently select it when they meant to select Print tagged documents.

Public Search Rooms
The feature for public search rooms to look at the first 4 characters of the X-Search login ID instead of domain name. Public search rooms (non USPTO domains) will not have the ability to restore last session (for security reasons), also will automatically restore settings to initial state, also will not have page break between pages of document printout.

Coordinated Classes
A new Help menu provides the immediate display of the Coordinated Classes table.

Design Code Index
Searching the design search code index has been expanded to include the capability of searching actual design search codes in addition to the previous capability to search the index text.

Tag Count
As users tag documents, the count of all tagged documents will appear on status bar on main screen.

Print Hit List
Printouts of hit list will wrap to show long marks. Previously, longer marks had been truncated to 256 characters.

Index Browse
A new browse limit in the Misc options of Preferences allows the user to select the maximum number of terms retrieved with the index browse. Previously, that browse limit was set at 100 and could not be increased by the user.


What's New ! (August 8, 1999 Update)

What's New! (August 8, 1999 Update)

Trademark Searchers: A new version of X-Search 1.1 is scheduled to be deployed at 6:00 PM on August 8th to correct several recently noted problems.

Hot Keys
Multiple X-Search users have noted that the hot keys (user defined text for function keys F4 through F9) sometimes disappear between sessions. The software that allowed hot keys to disappear between sessions has been corrected.

Tagging Documents
Several errors reported for tagging documents for printing have been corrected. Additionally, if a document tagged for one search appears in the hit list of another search, the document will automatically be tagged in that alternate search.

Search Term Highlighting
Several color blind X-Search users could not discern the red highlighting of the search term in the full text display. New options now allow the highlighting of the search term in red, green or underline; alternatively, highlighting of the search term can be disabled. Please note that the search field must be displayed for the search term to be highlighted. For example, searches in the Goods and Services field (the GS index) should be highlighted, but searches in the permuted Basic Index (BI searches) or the permuted Translation Index (TI) will NOT be highlighted. Most BI/TI entries are quite short, so the user can usually recognize the search term in the retrieved records. To highlight search terms in the Word Mark field, perform your searches in the Mark Punctuated [MP] index.

Hit List Fields
At the start of a session, you may choose to include either the filing date or the registration number in the hit list, with that choice remaining in effect for your entire session.

Multiple Image Display Enhancements
A GOTO feature has been added to the multiple image viewer, allowing users to jump to a particular document in the hit list. An option to expand and shrink the text display window in the multiple image view has been added.

Text/Image Mismatch
The software that allowed the wrong text to be displayed with the image when switching from display image only to display image and text has been corrected.

Bar Code Reader
A fix has been added for the input of serial numbers via the bar code readers. Testing indicates that this software change also corrects for input to X-Search 1.1 via certain voice recognition software packages.

Image Printing
The printing of documents with images has been adjusted slightly.

User ID
At login, X-Search 1.1 will limit the user id to 10 characters, preventing users from submitting an invalid user id of more than 10 characters.

Display Configuration
X-Search 1.1 now remembers the sizes of the various display areas, most notably the size of the image display area, from session to session.


The new version of X-Search 1.1 installs itself in seconds when executed. There is no need to leave your PC running all weekend. X-Search 1.1 should be available during normal work hours for the weekend. Just as a reminder to everyone, our established hours of operation for all of our automated systems (X-Search 1.0, X-Search 1.1, TRAM and PTONet) on the weekends and most holidays are 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

What's New! (June 26, 1999 Update)

What's New! (June 26, 1999 Update)

This Spring 1999 release of X-Search includes several new features to aid in trademark searching.

Multiple Image Display
A new Images tab provides for the display of the cropped images for multiple marks simultaneously.
User IDs
are automatically unlocked by the user interface at login time, eliminating the need for calling the help desk to unlock your User ID. For run-away searches, there's a terminate option for terminating your current session.
Highlight of Search Terms
The option of highlighting the search term has been enabled for this release. Please note that the search field must be displayed for the search term to be highlighted. For example, searches in the Goods and Services field (the GS index) should be highlighted, but searches in the permuted Basic Index (BI searches) or the permuted Translation Index (TI) will NOT be highlighted. Most BI/TI entries are quite short, so the user can usually recognize the search term in the retrieved records. To highlight search terms in the Word Mark field, perform your searches in the Mark Punctuated [MP] index.
An index to Design Search Codes
has been included under Help. This index is intended to be a quick reference to Design Search Codes, not a replacement to the Design Search Code Manual. Help: Design Search Codes
Hot Keys
The function keys F4 through F9 can be programmed by the user to automatically insert specific strings into the search query. For example, the F4 key could be programmed to insert the search tags [BI,TI]; thus, the user can simply hit the F4 key to insert that search tag designator into their query.
Restore Last Session
You just completed a session and realized that you neglected a search, but you failed to store that session as a saved strategy. Rather than retype all those search statement again, you may simply restore the searches from your previous session via the File/Restore Last Session option. Your searches from your previous session are copied to your search pane, each search separated by a semicolon(;). You may then edit the searches, if desired, deleting any unnecessary searches and adding any new searches, and finally select the submit button to have the searches performed.
Date Display Format
Dates are displayed in a more recognizable format. For example, the date May 21, 1998 now appears instead of the numeric string 19980521 for any field that exclusively includes date information, such as Filing Date or Registration Date.
Session Serial Number
An option to automatically search the serial number under examination at the start of a new session has been added. Additional Preferences settings have been added, allowing the user greater flexibility in customizing the user interface. A Restore Default Settings option has been added to return the user interface to the standard settings.

What's Next? We are still working towards implementing a Phonetic Search option and a direct link to TRAM for X-Search 1.1.