The USPTO issued a release stating:
Beginning September 30, the USPTO new Patent Public Search tool (PPUBS) will replace four legacy tools—Public-Examiner’s Automated Search Tool (PubEAST), Public-Web-based Examiner’s Search Tool (PubWEST), Patent Full-Text and Image Database (PatFT), and Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (AppFT).
Existing links to U.S. patents and U.S. pre-grant publications in PatFT and AppFT will be terminated following the retirement of these services. U.S. patents and U.S. pre-grant publications can be accessed via Patent Public Search and links for direct document access to U.S. patents and U.S. pre-grant publications can be set up on a webpage or document. A step-by-step guide to performing these functions is provided here Patent Public Search-Setting up external searches PDF.
Information about the benefits of Patent Public Search is detailed in the Director’s blog. There is also the Patent Public Search webpage, which includes FAQs, training resources, and other information to assist in transitioning to the new tool.
Inquiries concerning Patent Public Search may be directed to the Public Search Facility email@example.com, or you may visit the?Public Search Facility and the Patent and Trademark Resource Centers?webpages on the USPTO website.
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