Updated: May 15, 2005
light of the limited bandwidth situation on our free site, we have opted
to make our Patent Fetcher technology available with more bandwidth
under two special programs:
Label Patent Fetcher Subscription
Under this program, we set up a Web site at a special Web address for
a subscriber, on a virtual server separate from that running the public
Patent Fetcher service. This allows for significantly improved bandwidth,
as well as the ability to customize the look and feel of the service
to match the subscriber's needs.
this manner, subscribers to Patent Fetcher still benefit from the 370GB+
(and growing) archive of U.S. Patents and Applications we maintain on
our network file servers, plus they still have access to the download
of patents from the U.S. PTO and EPO Web sites which are not presently
in the archive.
subscription fees for the above program are as follows:
Initiating a subscription would require paying a one-time set-up
fee to cover our expenses in setting up a separate virtual server. The
private Web address for the service would akin to http://YOURCOMPANY.PatentFetcher.com.
We would also work with your IT manager to arrange linkage with your
in-house intranet, if desired. Access to the site would be password
controlled (via a single user name and password) to limit use to the
subscriber, and those authorized to use the site by the subscriber (e.g.
a subscriber may want to provide access to select clients).
are two set-up options:
for a custom look & feel to the subscription version of Patent
Fetcher, based on the subscribers existing Web site look & feel.
if a custom look & feel is not necessary, the set-up fee would
be $250. Pages on the site would like virtually identical to those
on the current Patent Fetcher Web site.
Hosting & Service Fee
In addition to the one-time set-up fee, there would be a monthly
fee to cover cost of bandwidth, cost of server and file server maintenance,
and cost of new updates and upgrades to the Patent Fetcher software
and technology. The monthly fee in the chart below is based on the number
of typical active users of the service by the subscriber. A typical
active user is one who downloads several PDFs a day. We measure "active
users" as the maximum number of different users who might use our
service over the course of a single 24-hour period. In turn, using the
estimated number of typical active users and based on median patent
size, we allocate a fixed amount of bandwidth to the private version
of the Patent Fetcher site, with ability for higher levels of burstable
traffic to compensate for less usage at night and on weekends and more
usage during the typical business day. However, should some users of
a subscriber be disproportionately heavy users of the private site,
it will have a negative impact on other regular users trying to use
the site at the same time. The price structure is as follows:
of Active Users
U.S. Publication Subscription Cost
U.S. & Foreign Publication
be noted that the above prices are a pittance compared to fees that
other paid-patent services charge (typically ranging from $3-9 per patent
or application, or high monthly fees for a single user). Foreign publications
are presently those for which images are offered by the European
Patent Office, which includes publications starting with the following
country codes: AP, AT, BA, BE, BG, CA, CH, CY, DD, DE, DK, EE, EP, ES,
FI, FR, GB, GR, IE, IT, JP, LU, MC, NL, OA, PT, RO, RU, SE, SU, and
find that a subscriber is exceeding their subscribed number of active
users or our predicted subscriber patent volumes for a sustained period
of time, we will notify the subscriber of this and suggest an appropriate
course of action. Also, "active users" covers only live humans
(or other sentient organic creatures capable of typing or cutting &
pasting patent numbers into our search forms). Automated patent "ripper"
software designed to rapidly extract patents via our servers does not
qualify as an active user, and if we detect such being used by a subscriber,
we will immediately terminate the subscription with no refund of unused
fees. We also reserve the right to revise our internal bandwidth and
patent quantification metrics as we see fit.
subscription commitment term is 3 months, and we invoice in 3 month
increments. Credit cards also accepted for monthly billing if desired.
Cancellation of the service, served by confirmed e-mail, FAX, or letter,
would go into effect at the end of the current billing period. Subscription
costs are subject to change without notice, however existing subscribers
will receive three months notifice via e-mail of any change in such
costs as it affects their subscriptions.
For those subscribers wishing to personalize the service further,
we offer the option of labeling each page of a downloaded patent with
text or even a logo in the page footer area. This text could say something
like "Patent provided by XYZ & ABC LLP - Leaders in Patent
Matters - Page N of M", for example. If desired, there would be
a one-time fee of $500 to set up this feature.
We are also
planning a number of improvements to our Patent Fetcher in the months
ahead. Please see Forthcoming Features below.
Support for subscribers is available via e-mail or phone during ordinary
U.S. East Coast business hours. Subscribers will need to designate a
primary and secondary contact within their firms, and only support requests
from those contacts will be acknowledged and responded to with respect
to subscription-related problems.
to the above terms which apply to subscribers, it must be noted that
the patent PDFs offered by our Patent Fetcher technology are covered
under copyright by Stroke of Color, Inc., as we have reformatted and
assembled the pages we have retrieved from public domain sources. However,
we grant license to all users of Patent Fetcher to redistribute our
patent PDFs to their associates and clients free of additional charge,
with one exception. Namely, Patent Fetcher generated PDFs may not be
individually or collectively resold by companies whose primary
business is the sale of patent and patent related documents unless a
special licensing fee is negotiated in advance, based on a per patent
reserve the right to block access to our servers to excessive users
of our free, non-paid Patent Fetcher service, without notice, as such
users prevent other users from accessing the site due to our bandwidth
Stroke of Color, Inc. makes no warrantees or guarantees as to the validity, usability
and clarity of patents download from our site, as all of our material
comes from public domain sources such as the U.S. PTO and espacenet,
via automaton. Should a request be made to fetch a patent not in our
archives, it will be retrieved from the appropriate service and then
archived for others to use as well. Should the service we retrieve individual
patent pages from (and then assemble into a single PDF file) for some
reason be unavailable, perhaps due to server problems, network outages,
or programming changes, for example, our service may not operate either
until such problems are resolved. For paying users of the Patent Fetcher
service, subscription credit in proportion to the duration of such outages,
where the outages last for more than 24 hours, will be given in the
form of an automatic subscription extension. One way to think of it
is as a "snow day" for patent retrieval services. No refunds
will be made however.
and license terms may be added here as the need for such terms arises.
If you or your company would like to initiate a subscription under the
above subscription options, please contact
are also planning on expanding Patent Fetcher to include a number of
asked for features over the coming months:
user log-ons. This will allow our Patent Fetcher subscribers/users
to better track their active users' use of Patent Fetcher, plus it
will enable a number of new features.
listing of the top 10 most popular patent and application downloads
in case you're curious about this information (we certainly are).
patent fetches. Will permit users to enter a list of patent numbers
to fetch, and will make them available in a ZIP file. This feature
will require the delayed fetching feature described below.
code use. This will allow users of Patent Fetcher to attach a client
code to their fetches so they can optionally track their fetches
on a per client basis. If the interest is strong enough, we might
even be able to include time spent doing the fetch in client code
reporting. Requires the user log-on feature, and may be an additional
fee item. (NOTE: This feature was made available in our Pay-As-You-Go
Patent Fetcher in October 2003.)
fetching. For non-urgent patent needs (especially for large patents
over 200 pages in size), we will add the ability to add patents to
a delayed fetch queue, and then notify the requestor via e-mail (requires
the user log-on feature) that a patent is ready to download from
Status Indicator - instead of being faced with a blank browser window,
waiting for patents to be fetched from the PTO Web site, we are planning
on offering a window which provides status on the number of pages
fetched so far.
- A free
newsletter about various patent issues as they arise as well as changes
in our Patent Fetcher system.
2003 - To assist people who want faster downloads of patents
cached on our servers, we now offer our Pay-As-You-Go
Patent Fetcher, where, for a nominal fee of $0.99 per patent,
you can download patent PDFs from a high bandwidth, high speed Web
2003 - The fetching of EP & WO patents and applications
from the esp@cenet
site, where they are presently stored as single page PDFs. Patent
Fetcher now provides such patents and applications as single, multi-page
PDFs for our users' convenience. There will be a small extra fee
to use this service due to increased bandwidth and storage requirements.
Currently this service is available on a single use basis via our
2003 - Bandwidth rate limiter for heavy users of our free Patent
Fetcher site. In order to make the free version of Patent Fetcher
usable for the largest number of individual users, we have added
a priority scheme so that heavy users of the free site will find
their download performance decreasing the more patents they download,
which thus enables low volume users to get more speedy downloads.
High volume users downloads are also stamped with an origination
notice. High volume users should consider a subscription or using
2004 - Permanent price drop on Pay-As-You-Go
Patent Fetcher to just 65 cents per download. Users of the free
Patent Fetcher site are also now limited to 5 unstamped publication
downloads, and 5 stamped, rate limited publication downloads per
24 hour period.
2004 - Moved the slow free Patent Fetcher to http://free.patentfetcher.com.
The Pay-As-You-Go Patent Fetcher is now at http://www.patentfetcher.com
2004 - Introduced new Patent Fetcher logo
If you have
suggestions for other features, please contact
us. Also, if you would like to financially sponsor (and thereby
accelerate the schedule for) any of the above features, let us know.
that one feature we are not presently planning on adding is OCRing of
patent pages to create text searchable patent image PDFs. We have looked
at this issue in depth, and based on our resources, and the available
technology, we don't think there is an effective and affordable way
to accomplish this at this time.
As of November,
2003, we started maintaining permanent logs of which patents are being
fetched by which IP addresses so we could better monitor bandwidth statistics.
These logs are in addition to the standard Web usage logs created by
the Apache Web server which serves our pages, which rotate out after
five weeks. We also maintain general site usage information for one
year, but such information does not include any details as to who is
fetching what, but does include information on overall patent popularity
and volume of use, indexed by IP address of the user(s). That said,
the details in our logs are kept private and will not be used improperly,
nor shared with other parties. Subscribers will, at some point, be able
to access logs for their particular sites for statistical data gathering.
We will also advise our paying subscribers of any attempt by any third
party to gain access, by subpoena or otherwise, to any portion of the
logs containing said subscriber's access and usage information as maintained
in connection with the Patent Fetcher service. We reserve the right
to revise this section with additional or replacement information as
to what we log, retain, and use, and what we don't log, retain, and
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