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parties/applicants

<applicant mxw-id="PPAR495536593" load-source="docdb" sequence="1" format="epo">
   <addressbook>
      <last-name>IBM</last-name><address>
      <country>US</country>
      </address>
   </addressbook>
</applicant>
<applicant mxw-id="PPAR495567572" load-source="docdb" sequence="1" format="intermediate">
   <addressbook>
      <last-name>INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION IBM</last-name>
   </addressbook>
</applicant>
<applicant mxw-id="PPAR495203212" load-source="patent-office" sequence="1" format="original">
   <addressbook>
      <last-name>International Business Machines Corporation IBM</last-name>
      <address>
         <street>One New Orchard Road</street>
         <city>Armonk NY 10504</city>
         <country>US</country>
      </address>
   </addressbook>
</applicant>

 

Applicant refers to an entity that applies for a patent. Before September 16, 2012, only inventors could apply for patents in the US. This was changed on September 16, 2012, so that an assignee (or patent owner) may now be the applicant, as has been customary in other countries for many years.

Applicant data will include the inventor-applicants for WO records when US is a designated state.

US pre-grants will list inventors as applicants when no assignee info is present.

Since the EPO Register data updates the applicant information when reassignment of an application occurs and DocDB does not update this information, the "original" applicant may differ from the epo and intermediate formats.

 

AttributeDescription
formatSee Common XML Attributes.
sequenceSequence number, present when there has been more than one applicant.
applicant-categoryDefines the type of applicant, e.g., assignee.

Element

INID

Description

name

71

Name of applicant(s), as described in the format attribute above. Names may be parsed into last-name, first-name or orgname within the addressbook element. Note that firm names may be parsed into the last-name element, as shown in the example above.

address

-

When available, the address occurs in the format="original" element within addressbook. If possible, the address is parsed into 3 elements: street, city, and country.

country

-

When available, the country may be present in "epo" or "original" formats. Country is represented by a standard 2-character code based on WIPO ST.3.


parties/inventors

<inventors>
   <inventor mxw-id="PPAR1182647381" load-source="docdb" sequence="1" format="epo">
      <addressbook>
         <last-name>NOWAK EDWARD J</last-name>
         <address>
            <country>US</country>
         </address>
      </addressbook>
   </inventor>
   <inventor mxw-id="PPAR1182652882" load-source="docdb" sequence="1" format="intermediate">
      <addressbook>
         <last-name>NOWAK, EDWARD, J.</last-name>
      </addressbook>
   </inventor>
   <inventor mxw-id="PPAR1182201091" load-source="patent-office" sequence="1" format="original">
      <addressbook>
         <last-name>NOWAK, EDWARD, J.</last-name>
         <address>
            <street>8 Windridge Road</street>
            <city>Essex, VT 05452</city>
            <country>US</country>
         </address>
      </addressbook>
   </inventor>
</inventors>

Attribute

Description

format

See Common XML Attributes.

sequence

Sequence number, present when there has been more than one inventor.

Element

INID

Description

Example(s)

name

72, 75, 76

Name of inventor(s), as described in the format attribute (may include company name of inventor as well). Names may be parsed into last-name, first-name or orgname within the addressbook element.

See Common XML Attributes

address

-

When available, the address occurs in the format="original" element within addressbook. If possible, the address is parsed into 3 elements: street, city, and country.

Leigh Delamere House, Leigh Delamere 
Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6JZ

country

-

When available, the country may be present in "epo" or "original" formats. Country is represented by a standard 2-character code based on WIPO ST.3.

GB

parties/assignees

<assignees>
   <assignee mxw-id="PPAR1105861888" load-source="patent-office" sequence="1" format="original" us-assignee-type="03">
      <addressbook>
         <name>BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE GMBH & CO. KG, HALLSTADT</name>
         <address>
            <city>Hallstadt</city>
            <country>DE</country>
         </address>
      </addressbook>
   </assignee>
</assignees>

 

Assignee refers to the patent owner or buyer, i.e., the person or legal entity to which the entire right, title, and interest in the application has been assigned (sold or transferred) regardless of whether the assignee filed the application for the patent or has taken over prosecution of the application to the exclusion of the inventor.

 

Attribute

Description

formatSee Common XML Attributes
sequenceSequence number, present when there has been more than one assignee

us-assignee-type

US only. Values include:

01=Unassigned
02=US company or corporation
03=Non-US company or corporation
04=US individual
05=Non-US individual
06=US federal government
07=Non-US government
08=US county government
09=US state government

Element

INID

Description

Example(s)

name

73

Name of assignee(s). As received from publishing authority where format=original. Names may be parsed into last-name, first-name or orgname within the addressbook element.

LITE-ON TECHNOLOGY CORP.

address

-

The address is found within addressbook and if possible, is parsed into 3 elements: street, city, and country.  

Taipei

country

-

Where possible. 
Country is represented by a standard 2-character code based on WIPO ST.3.

TW

parties/assignee-history/reassignments/reassignment (AU and US)

<assignee-history>
   <reassignments>
      <reassignment mxw-id="RID14895693" load-source="us-assign" reel-frame="030807-0936" recorded-date="20130716">
         <assignees>
            <assignee mxw-id="RPAR66819416" format="original">
               <addressbook>
                  <last-name>BROSE FAHRZEUGTEILE GMBH & CO. KG, HALLSTADT</last-name>
                  <address>
                     <address-1>MAX-BROSE-STRASSE 2</address-1>
                     <city>HALLSTADT</city>
                     <postcode>D-96103</postcode>
                     <country>DE</country>
                  </address>
               </addressbook>
            </assignee>
         </assignees>
         <assignors>
            <assignor mxw-id="RPAR66822104" load-source="us-assign" format="original" execution-date="20130627">
               <addressbook>
                  <last-name>BAUERSACHS, STEFFEN</last-name>
               </addressbook>
            </assignor>
            <assignor mxw-id="RPAR66823442" load-source="us-assign" format="original" execution-date="20130507">
               <addressbook>
                  <last-name>STRAUB, CHRISTOPH</last-name>
               </addressbook>
            </assignor>
         </assignors>
      </reassignment>
   </reassignments>
</assignee-history>


This element is available for AU and US. For the US, all assignments reported to the USPTO since August 1980 are available.

 

Attribute

Description

Example(s)

reel-frame

A unique identifier for a given US assignment recordation. A reel-frame record may include multiple patents. Format: NNNNNN/NNNN

011333-0953

recorded-date

Date the assignment was recorded. For the US, this is a single date per reel/frame.

20001128

Element

INID

Description

Example(s)

assignors

-

In the first US assignment recorded, the assignors are the inventors. Thereafter, the assignee will be the current owner. Execution dates are recorded for each assignee as an attribute. Names may be parsed into last-name, first-name or orgname within the addressbook element.

3COM CORPORATION

assignees

-

Entity to whom the property is being transferred according to the specific conveyance information. Names may be parsed into last-name, first-name or orgname within the addressbook element. The address is often included with this element.

PALM, INC.

correspondence-address

-

Name and address of correspondent. If possible, the address is parsed into 3 elements: street, city, and country.

WILSON SONSINI GOODRICH & ROSATI
650 PAGE MILL ROAD
PALO ALTO CA
94304-1050 US

conveyance

-

A description of the type of assignment. Often, this data simply refers to the original document.

ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNOR'S INTEREST, 
SECURITY, 
RELEASE OF SECURITY, 
CHANGE OF NAME etc.

parties/agents

<agents>
   <agent mxw-id="PPAR1231847767" load-source="patent-office" sequence="1" format="original">
      <addressbook>
         <name>Crowell & Moring LLP</name>
      </addressbook>
   </agent>
</agents>

 

This element is available for AU, CA, CN, EP, JP, KR, US, and WO, and partially for BE, BR, DE, ES, IN, RU, and TW.

 

AttributeDescription
formatSee Common XML Attributes.
sequenceSequence number, present when there has been more than one agent.

Element

INID

Description

Example(s)

name

74

Name of agent(s). May be firm or individual name; parsed when possible. Names may be parsed into last-name, first-name or orgname within the addressbook element.

Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley

address

-

May be present within the addressbook element.

-

parties/correspondence-address (US Apps)

<correspondence-address mxw-id="PPAR575461970" load-source="patent-office" sequence="1" format="original">
   <addressbook>
      <last-name>St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens, LLC</last-name>
      <address>
         <address-1>986 BEDFORD STREET</address-1>
         <city>STAMFORD</city>
         <state>CT</state>
         <postcode>06905-5619</postcode>
         <country>US</country>
      </address>
   </addressbook>
</correspondence-address>


This element is available only for US applications prior to 2012.

 

Element

INID

Description

Example(s)

name

-

Where possible, the name is parsed out of the full address info. Names may be parsed into last-name, first-name or orgname within the addressbook element. Note that firm names may be parsed into the last-name element, as shown in the example above.

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

address

-

Where possible, all address elements are parsed within the addressbook element.

2040 MAIN STREET 
FOURTEENTH FLOOR 
Irvine CA 
92614 US

parties/examiners

<examiners>
   <examiner examiner-level="primary" mxw-id="PPAR1231815658" load-source="patent-office" sequence="1" format="original">
      <addressbook>
         <last-name>Bryant</last-name>
         <first-name>Casey</first-name>
         <department>2884</department>
      </addressbook>
   </examiner>
</examiners>

 

This element is available for CN, ES, JP, KR, and US.

 

AttributeDescription
examiner-levelValues include primary or assistant.
formatSee Common XML Attributes.
sequenceSequence number, present when there has been more than one examiner.

Element

INID

Description

Example(s)

name

-

Name of examiner(s). The name is parsed, if possible, into last-name and first-name within the addressbook element.

Mah Chuck Y.

김범직

Further Reading

For information about the SOLR search fields associated with this container, see Associated Parties. 

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