Library System (APLS)
Can I try
out APLS to see if I like it before I sign up?
Give us a call and we'll give you a temporary user ID to try it out
10 free patents).
How many users
can I have on one account?
99 plus the administrator user (00).
The APLS user ID is your account number followed by a hyphen and two
These last two digits are the user number, 00 to 99. Each user's
email, PIN, Name and ID are tracked separately for billing purposes.
monthly statement will show who created the order as well as the
number they used (if any).
If I select
Previous Orders on the menu and download a patent from an older
again, am I billed for that patent a second time?
If the order is listed, you will NOT be billed if you download a patent
or application a second time, or a third or fourth, or even a fifth
time! We make your older orders available as long as we can
permitting) for your convenience! Remember, we
a service for you, and not just data. We will always have the last
5 business days worth of orders available (at the very least), but we
to keep the last few months available for your convenience!
What is the
advantage using the Combine Files feature to create one large document
to download instead of all of the individual files I ordered?
the main reason
you are ordering the files it to print them, this will save you the
of having to open each patent you ordered and print it individually. If
you have an order with 35, 40 or even 50 patents on it, this can save
15 to 20 minutes, or more (at no additional cost). Also, see the
next question (about printing speed). If you want all the patent
image files separate after you download, try the ZIP files option (an
program is required on your computer).
Why do TIF
files print twice as fast as PDF files on my HP LaserJet
A. The Windows Fax Viewer (XP and Vista) and the older
Software found on the accessories
menu of most Windows based computers is much more efficient
it prepares the image data to be sent to most laser printers. In our
of several versions of the Adobe Acrobat Reader (vers. 5, 6 & 7)
of them were very slow at printing PDF image files. Our tests show that
in almost all cases, the TIF files printed with the MS Fax Viewer and
Imaging software printed in LESS THAN PNE THIRD THE TIME as the PDF image.
Can two people
use the same APLS UserID at the same time?
APLS system will get totally confused, log both of you off (and may
to visit a shrink). If you need more users on your account, just call
we'll add them (it's easy, and it's free!)
How do you
handle correction pages and reexams (how do I order them)?
For US Publications, all post
issue documents (X6, Reexam, etc.) are appended to the
documents when you order them (at no extra cost). If
know the Reexam (B1) Number, simply order the original patent number
the ReExam will be appended to it.
For EP and PCT publications,
when you order the original publicaitons (Kind A1, A2, B1, B2, etc), we
add all additional correction publications and searhc reports to the
list of publicaitons on the Confirmation page. Simply leave the Check
box checked, and if you have ordered the original publication, all corrections and search Reports are added to your download page FREE of charge.
If my firm
buys a large quantity of image files each week, is there a better price
we can get?
Give us a
call and you will be pleasantly surprised. The first break is at 200
files a week (and it is a large break).
Why are other
providers still asking between $2.00 and $5.00 for a US publications and as much as $8.95 for Non-US publications?
We're not absolutely
sure. But we suspect it's for one of three reasons:
they don't feel that lowering their prices will gain new clients, and they are
current clients won't notice OUR prices.
computer equipment (especially disk drives) and network costs have spiraled downward over the
5 years, they have older, more expensive equipment to maintain,
the patent inventory when it was far more expensive.
has reduced the cost of the entire US patent/application inventory from
$250,000 (in 1992) down to approximately $35,000 (of course you have to add all
equipment to maintain and serve it, but that is also less expensive now). We pass these savings on to you.
My docket numbers
from APLS didn't show up on my statement as you said they would. What's
apologize if this happened. Please contact us and we can supply copies
of every image data order free of charge. Normally our software
properly collects and adds the docket numbers to all image orders and
put them on your monthly statement. This is so your accounting office
can properly bill YOUR clients. We know how important this is in a
service oriented business.
Will my DVD Reader be compatible with the DVDs that you provide?
use several name-brand DVD Burners on our workstations. These include: Sony, NEC, and Pioneer. These system are capable
of burning to DVD-R (dash R)
and DVD+R (plus R)
we always use a good name brand DVD+R media (plus R) because it is our
experience this seems to be conmpatible with the most systems.If
your reader doesn't like the DVDs we send you, we'll create it on a
model of recorder or try a different type until we ffind one that works
(at our cost) and we will make sure we use this type for you in the
future. We have had very few
with media that we have shipped in the past.
Do you sell
the entire U.S. Patent Image collection?
for far less than the USPTO charges. Give us a call and we'll help you
can also engineer and provide an in-house system to deliver them
your firm or company. We also have the EP and PCT back-year data (1978 on) in
both high resolution TIF and PDF Images, and Full Text MAPS and a
simple, "Well Formed" XML format. Call us to discuss your needs. We can also supply the text data in "Live Link" and BRS Load File formats.
I clicked on
the email address for information on your home page, but it doesn't do
anything. I had to manually type it in to use it. Why?
people that send out junk email (known as SPAM) now have software
that automatically "harvests" email addresses from web sites. We have
our email addresses out of graphics (pictures) instead of the text
address so they can no longer be read by this harvesting software.
we will all be sick enough of SPAM to do something about it. Until
we have to find ways to stop it, or at least slow it down some.
How do some of these companies or web sites give away patents or let us
download them for free (or close to free)?
actually have the patents on their web sites. They did not purchase the
inventories, nor do they have a paid subscription for the material they
sell or give away. They have written software to get the patents from
USPTO and other authorites one page at a time (pretending to be a
user) then they reassemble each page into a multi-page patent and let
download them. This why there are sometimes missing pages from these
and also why most of them don't do more than a few at a time or limit
to a certain number per order or per day. When the PTO has problems,
do as well (they have no control over the source). This is also why
systems are often much slower and also why most of them don't offer all
of the documents in PDF and TIF formats.
Do you have more
questions, or a comment
you would like to share with us? Call us at (800-832-2823 or
and talk to a human, not a machine. We like answering
and quite often, we are on the learning end of the
conversation which allows
us to improve
more you know
- the more we like it."
IP Data Corporation
704 W. Park Ave, Suite C,
Edgewater, FL 32132 U.S.A.
800-832-2823 Fax 208-361-6381 SupportIPDataCorp.com