News

Release 4.7 is now available

July, 2017
  • Fixed the simultaneous ClaimMaster review/document edit issue - you can now fix issues in your documents while reviewing them in ClaimMaster (e.g., missing antecedents, incorrect part numbers, etc.) and the location of the errors identified by ClaimMaster will remain correct even after the document is edited
  • Added local cache for bibliographic data used to fill-out USPTO forms, IDSs, and shell templates – greatly improves form generation speed. Import all bibliographic data directly from Private PAIR XML or docketing tools (CSV format). [ProPlus & LitePlus only].
  • Improved shell templates with many additional replacement fields for flexible template design [ProPlus & LitePlus only]
  • Customizable citations of prior art references in the Office Action summaries
  • Include various bibliographic information from PAIR (e.g., inventor name, examiner, title, art unit, etc.) into the family tree graphs
  • Fixed handling of grouped dependencies in multiple dependent claims
  • Resolved issues with IDS data downloading from the EPO’s OPS database caused by OPS server throttling
  • Fixed PDF downloading issues caused by changes to the EPO’s espacenet website
  • Removed duplicate dependent claims listing when using “Create Application Summary Section from Claims” feature
  • Antecedent checking improvements
  • Fixed layout issues in stand-alone reports
  • Fixed various localization issues on foreign versions of Windows
  • Other small bug fixes & improvements

Release 4.5 is now available

February, 2017

Fillable USPTO Forms and Word Shells [ProPlus & LitePlus only]

  • Fill-out most of the official USPTO forms and Word shells with downloaded bibliographic data and custom replacement fields storing attorney/firm information

 
IDS Tool Improvements

  • Prior to generating the IDS form for an application, use PAIR to identify any pending related applications that might need the same IDS submission
  • Generate IDS forms for a set of patent applications (with individually filled-out header information and certification pages)
  • Automatically fill-out signature fields on the confirmation page

Improved EPO Data Sources

  • ClaimMaster now downloads various bibliographic data and patent documents for non-US patents/application using EPO’s Open Patent Services (OPS) interface, resulting in significantly faster, more reliable downloads and better PDF quality, including TOC bookmarks in patents

Enhanced Proofreading of Figures

  • ClaimMaster’s new interface lets you simultaneously review part numbers in the figures AND the specification, ensuring maximum proofreading efficiency

Numerous PAIR Downloading Improvements

  • When processing eOfficeActions, ClaimMaster will pull all documents from PAIR from the same date, even those not cited in the eOfficeAction
  • Simply drag & drop one or more e-Office action emails from Outlook into the text box to start the PAIR downloads
  • Downloading specific documents from PAIR, such as foreign references or non-patent literature (NPL).
  • Download issued patents or publications from USPTO using U.S. application numbers

Claim Comparison Improvements

  • Improved comparison feature, which now shows both additions and deletions between claims in a format that is similar to track changes

OCR Improvements

  • SmartOCR option – when processing Office Actions, only OCR the Examiner’s  rejections and cited references, skipping OCR of other sections for faster OCR experience

User Interface Enhancements

  • Minimize various forms, such as IDS generator, PAIR, and patent downloaders to system toolbar to continue working on your computer without interruption. 
  • Right-click on downloaded documents to send as attachments in Outlook or send to default printer

Other

  • Compatibility with the latest Office 2016/365 updates
  • Immediate link to help for each feature
  • Lots of other bug fixes & small improvements to many features

Release 4.0 is now available

June, 2016PAIR Data Downloading - seamlessly download PDF documents and bibliographic information from the USPTO’s Private and Public PAIR sites:
  • Batch download file histories for multiple patents/applications from PAIR
  • Cut & paste E-Office Action text into ClaimMaster to download the new USPTO correspondence from Private PAIR (use stored password/certificate location for automated log-in) [ProPlus & LitePlus only]
  • Apply document or date filters to only download documents of specific types or within specified date ranges (e.g., Office Action responses within the last 6 months)
  • Download various bibliographic information about patent applications (Examiner name, Art Unit, date filed, etc.) to populate headers in IDS forms (SB08 & 1449), shell Office Action responses, or export data to Excel.
  • Improved stability and speed – removed reliance on the default Internet Explorer for accessing the PAIR site
  • New:  Shell Office Action Responses [ProPlus & LitePlus only] – instantaneously generate shell responses using predefined templates.  ClaimMaster will auto-populate headers (e.g., Examiner name, Art Unit, App. No.) and other fields in the templates, including claims from previous responses with updated status indicators, summary of rejections from the Office Actions, etc.
Office Action Analysis Improvements:
  • Much more accurate rejection/objection parsing (reference names are verified from the USPTO/EPO databases)
  • Automatically download PDFs of the cited references from the USPTO/EPO
  • Generate summary of rejections and identify unaddressed claims
  • Generate shell Office Action responses based on built-in templates [ProPlus & LitePlus only]

OCR Integration [ProPlus & LitePlus only]:

  • OCR any PDF documents downloaded from the USPTO or stored on your computer.  This feature is also integrated in the PAIR Data Downloading and OA Analysis tools.

Automatic Boilerplate Paragraphs

  • store and quickly insert boilerplate, formatted paragraphs into your documents from easily customizable templates.   Quickly share boilerplate templates with your colleagues.  Works with Word 2007 or later versions.

IDS Improvements:

  • populate headers in SB08 and 1449 forms with bibliographic information obtained from either Public PAIR (all versions) or Private PAIR [ProPlus & LitePlus only]
  • export downloaded bibliographic data to Excel/CSV format
Patent family tree improvements – improved stability and the following features:
  • Private PAIR integration - more stable platform for evaluating large patent families, which does not require periodic authentication via CAPTCHA
  • Identify inconsistent dependencies and inventor names
  • Control arrow directions and insert color legends
  • Download PDFs of  identified US patents in the family
  • Improved stability and speed – removed reliance on the default Internet Explorer for accessing the PAIR site
Patent Downloading
  • Instantaneous access/review PDFs of the downloaded patents.
  • Improved document downloads from the EPO
Other Improvements:
  • Command line silent install with automatic activation/custom template directory placement
  • Improved handling of placeholder claims (e.g., 1x3) during renumbering
  • Improved import of part numbers from the PDF and PowerPoint documents
  • Optional removal of extra spaces when processing amendments
  • Missing spaces between words are fixed in the generated claim charts
  • Improved update availability checking
  • Fixed import of recent publication #s into IDS tool
  • Updated excess claim fees for EPO
  • Verified Office 2016 support
  • Many other small fixes and improvements

Release 3.4 is now available

October 1, 2015
  • Windows 10 compatibility
  • Greatly enhanced documentation
  • Significantly improved stability across all features
  • Identification of parts in the specification with missing part numbers
  • Large multiple-dependent claim sets no longer cause the software to hang
  • Updated SB08 form and excess claim fees
  • Improved handling of cancelled and withdrawn claim groups
  • Improvements to antecedent checking accuracy
  • Improved installation/activation for non-administrative users
  • Various other minor improvements and bug fixes

Release 3.3 is now available

April 30, 2015
  • All-new, improved summary reports with full citations, visual claim trees, error highlighting, figure proofreading, suggestions, and printing to PDF for Word 2010-13
  • No need to parse claims! Every feature can be invoked directly
  • Claim browsing enhancements , including dynamic claim trees that show overlaid claim text
  • Correct parsing of claims with limitations organized as multi-level bullet lists
  • Improved recognition of proper claim regions; last claim in the set no longer picks up text from the Remarks section
  • Improved accuracy of antecedent checking by default, strict checking is enforced so that any mismatches between terms
  • All stand-alone reports & UI windows now provide suggestions for fixing errors
  • Improvements to parts checking/editing
  • Fixed downloading of kind codes for foreign references
  • Fixed downloading of info/documents for EPO references and pre-2004 WO references.
  • Fixed downloading of inventor information for pre-1976 US patents
  • Consistent inventor naming for US applications
  • ClaimMaster installer warns if installation is attempted with the 64-bit Office (currently not supported)
  • Uninstall of the software prompts users to deactivate the automatically software license on the computer
  • New administrative tools for deploying templates to multiple users for server installations
  • Various other minor improvements and bug fixes

Release 3.2 is now available

November 25, 2014
  • Significantly improved parsing/reduced false positives for reference #s
  • Reduced false positives for antecedent checking
  • Updated a list of available status indicators to comply with MPEP 714.II.C
  • Shortcut buttons for amendment/status indicator operations
  • Fixed crash in antecedent checking/acronyms that happened in localized versions of Windows (German, French, etc.)
  • Fixed handling of multi-level looping dependencies
  • Fixed crashes due to hidden highlights removed with tracked changes
  • Fixed problems with Summary section generator
  • Fixed new version checking
  • Release includes a number of other minor bug fixes and improvements

Release 3.1 is now available

September 18, 2014
  • ClaimMaster supports Ribbon interface for Word 2007-2013
  • Improvement/fixes to IDS generation (kind codes, XDP file export, and more)
  • Improvements to antecedent checking
  • Fixed highlighting/track changes/hidden text issues
  • Various other minor improvements and bug fixes

Release 3.0 is now available

February 19, 2014
  • Significant improvements to patent downloading and IDS generation
  • Generation of application Summary section from claims
  • Batch mode for patent family tree generator
  • Batch editing of part numbers
  • Various minor improvements and bug fixes

Release 2.9 is now available

August 5, 2013
  • Improved handling of "tracked changes" amendments
  • Conversion of "tracked changes" amendments to hard amendments
  • Improvements to IDS generation, claim parsing, patent downloading
  • Various bug fixes

Release 2.8 is now available

January 28, 2013

  • Major speed improvements
  • Improved license management and system utilities
  • Improvements to claim renumbering, reference parts checking, claim comparison, IDS generation, and GUI
  • Various bug fixes

Release 2.7 is now available

September 26, 2012
  • Auto-completion of element names/numbers as you are typing the application
  • Import/export of element names and numbers to & from Excel
  • Insertion of element numbers into claims (per EPO practice)
  • Ability to compare claims between different files and patents
  • Drag & drop claim renumbering
  • Enhancements to IDS generator
  • Various bug fixes

Release 2.5 is now available

February 5, 2012
  • Downloading of file wrappers, assignment, and maintenance data from the USPTO
  • Generation of patent family trees
  • Improved claim tree graphics
  • Text search with citations
  • Enhancements to IDS-related features
  • Many minor improvements & bug fixes

Release 2.15 is now available

July 6, 2011
  • Improvements to patent downloading features (including batch downloading of patent PDFs from PTO/EPO)
  • Enhancements to IDS-related features
  • Analysis of Office Actions and patent file histories
  • Improvements to rule editing and report-reviewing features
  • Many minor improvements & bug fixes

Release 2.0 is now available

January 4, 2011
  • Improvements to reporting (commented reports, batch reporting)
  • IDS generation improvements (SB08 forms)
  • Acronym checking
  • User-customizable antecedent checking rules
  • Auto-docking reporting windows
  • Bug fixes, etc.

Release 1.7 is now available

May 25, 2010
  • Improvements to claim parsing accuracy
  • Check consistency between reference numbers in the specification and figures, including duplicate #s in figures
  • A number of small bug fixes and improvements

Release 1.6 is now available

January 13, 2010
  • Automatic updates
  • Speed improvements for all features
  • Accuracy enhancements for antecedent and reference # checking
  • More informative status bars
  • Reference term checking is now working on 64bit Vista and Windows 7 system
  • Fixed some hang-up issues when checking reference term numbers
  • Fixed some issues with sequential claim renumbering of temporary claims
  • Other small bug fixes/improvements


Release 1.5 is now available

December 6, 2009
  • Batch download/processing of patents and patent publications
  • Auto-generation of 1449 IDS forms
  • Improved claim renumbering - renumber duplicate claims, claims with placeholder numbers, sequence renumbering.
  • Calculation of excess claim fees in EPO.
  • Many new claim/text rules to identify "patent profanities", etc.
  • Other small improvements and bug fixes.