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(422) New Product Available from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office The Information Products Division of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is announcing that USAApp, a new optical disc product, is now available for sale. USAApp is a document delivery product that offers facsimile images of patent application publications, including all text and drawings. The first set of patent application publications were published on March 15, 2001. In contrast with patent grants that are published every Tuesday, applications will be published every Thursday. The American Inventor Protection Act, which went into effect on November 29, 2000 requires that certain applications filed on or after November 29, 2000 be published eighteen months after the effective filing date. This is a major change in the United States patent law. Previously, U.S. patent applications were kept confidential until the patent issued. Now, the application will automatically be published unless the inventor verifies that he/she is not applying in a country other than the U.S. and specifically requests that the application not be published. Utility and plant patent applications are subject to eighteen-month publication; design and provisional applications are not included in the law. Patent application publications will be distinguishable from patents by their numbering format that includes the country code (US), the year of publication, a 7-digit numerically sequenced number, and the kind code indicating the type of publication: US 2001-0000001 A1 for the first publication of a utility application US 2001-0000001 P1 for the first publication of a plant application For more information about the eighteen-month publication process, please refer to the USPTO Web site at www.uspto.gov. USAApp is a document delivery system, not a search system. Retrieval is by document number only from a cumulative index. There will be one disc per week for the near future; the number will probably increase with time, as more applications are published. This is anticipated to occur around August 2002. The early issues of USAApp will be published on CD-ROM but the product will migrate to DVD-ROM when it becomes necessary. USAApp uses the Document Delivery for Windows (DocDW) software that is used with the USPTO's other document delivery products, USAPat and USAMark. The DocDW software allows the user to view documents directly on the screen and move quickly from page to page within that document or move to the next document on the disc. Drawing details or text can be "zoomed" for easy viewing. Printing is possible from either the view or search screen. Users can print the entire document or selected pages. The user also has the capability to tag single or multiple documents for printing or exporting, print or export large ranges of document, or print or export all documents on the disc. USAApp is available for sale on a calendar-year subscription basis only. The price per year is $2400. For more information about the USAApp product, please contact the Information Products Division at: Information Products Division Crystal Park 3, Suite 441 Washington, DC 20231 Phone: (703) 306-2600/Fax: (703) 306-2737 email@example.com March 28, 2001 RONALD P. HACK (Acting) Chief Information Officer [1246 OG 75]