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APLS is our Automated Patent Library System. It is an interface to all data services offered by IP Data Corporation. Each customer's account may have up to 100 users numbered from 00 to 99. The complete User-ID is your account number followed by a hyphen and the two User Number digits (e.g., nnnnn-12 where nnnnn is your account number and 12 us your user).  

Account Administrator - User 00 is your account administrator, and may enable or diable access to any of our products or services for each of the account users. 

and each User's ID is tracked separately for billing purposes. Your monthly statement will show who created the order as well as the Docket/Reference number they used (if any). Monthly invoices references the useage report which shows usage sorted two different ways. One complete list is sorted by Docket number (which may also be used for your order reference or client-matter number), and another copy is sorted by by User-ID. .  

It allows up to 100 users on each account to access any of the data and services we provide based on your access settings for the users. These include individual text and image files for all publications in our collections in any of the formats we support, and searching on the P9V7 Search System. You may control access to on a per user basis for any of the services we offer, including: 

  • Online Patent Searching with P9V7 - each user is assigned a work area. 
  • 300-dpi Multi-page PDF or TIF Patents and Applications for downloading
  • Up to 500 publications may be ordred in a variety of formats, and, Jumbo files are handled on an optional basis (users are warned and may select smaller abstract versions, if desired)
  • Your Dockets/Client Matter numbers are reported each month when entered on the order

The APLS User ID is part of our Customer Account management system, and this means you are ready to add users if you have an account with us.  

APLS Patent Order Form Options


We can combine all documents on an order into one large PDF or TIF file for easy printing or handling (at no extra cost). This is different than a ZIP file - The Combine Documents option actually combines all of the pages of all the files into a single large PDF or TIF file. For US pubs, correction pages (X6) and ReExams are always attached to the primary document (at NO extra cost).


All Publications may be Zipped into a single Zip Archive for downloading. Some people find this easier than downloading multiple single files. Windows and Mac both have built-in unzipping so no special unzipping software is needed.


Accounts can have up to 100 individual users, and your firm can have one account for all locations, or individual accounts for each location. You can even have multiple accounts for the same location. Users can be added with a simple phone call to us. There is no charge to add users. Each user has a separate logon ID and PIN number for the system. They may change their own PIN number, if desired. Users are also tracked internally on the invoices, but your primary method of order tracking is your own docket number (discussed below).


Your docket numbers automatically come from the order form and onto the invoices, and they are also moved onto the statement line items each month to assist you further with billing YOUR clients. We understand the importance of your firm being able to bill the cost of these publications back to your clients, and we understand that it must be accurate and in a timely manner. We know that invoices for items ordered over the Internet don't always make it back to your accounting office, as most offices require. Frankly, it's difficult to track all of this information in an office with multiple attorneys, cases and a large library staff (sometimes it's just information overload!). We understand what it takes to track and bill all the document orders for 93 attorneys working on 220 different cases in 5 different offices! That's why we help you keep it all straight. At the end of the month, we send a PDF copy of every Internet invoice (one per Internet order) to your email billing address (or even via snail mail, if you need it). We make sure that if you entered a docket number, it makes it onto the invoice. Finally, on your monthly statement where we summarize the orders, each line item has the order number, your docket (as entered on our order forms), and the first publication number or item description on that order.

APLS also lets you order File Histories as well as Daily, weekly or monthly search services on our P9 Patent Search System.


Same US Patents, Different CPC Classifications.   WHY? 

The USPTO MCF data began in late 2015, and almost immediately we noticed differences between the MCF and DOCDB for the same US patents. The differences were not trivial. 30 days later we started our project to track and analyze these differences. 

We mistakenly assumed that the USPTO sent DOCDB updates to the EPO with CPC classes in them, and the EPO used them.  But as it turns out, US patents are classified by both authorities, and not always in the same Groups and Sub-Groups. A small number were even found to be in totally different sub-classes and a few were not even in the same class  (all of these appeared to be mistakes and were fixed fairly quickly). 

Early results indicated it was a learning curve. The EPO had a decent headstart with the new CPC since it has its roots in ECLA, the EPO's previous system, with both based on the ST.8 standard (with minor differences). For the USPTO, it was a brand new ball game with a different set of rules. Frankly, the thought of training 9000 or so examiners on a new Class system in 12 to 18 months conjureed up images of hearding cats...  while wearing a blindfold. To the USPTO's credit, we began to see far fewer differences in less than 8 or 9 month (summer of 2016).  We are now headed into the winter of 2017, and thankfully, they are growing even closer.  

If you build your own search system, this could be a problem for your searchers. If not, does your current search provider index both sets?

Searching by classification is the most popular method for professional searchers, and depending on the type of search, a good searcher will often "eyeball" EVERY document in the Sub-Groups of interest. This can be hundreds of documents, or even a thousand or two depending on the technology.

The following questions remain:

1)  Whose CPC data is more accurate?

2) They will ever match exactly- No-  so how close will they get?

3) How will this affect your class searches?

4) Is it wise to index both sets of CPC data into one system?  (we think so - just ignore the duplicates!)

5)  CPC data for Reissue patents is still not included in the U.S. MCF. Will it ever be?

We will continue to acquire Reissue CPC data from DOCDB for our subscribers in our standard CSV file format until the USPTO supplies it.