Report:FreePatentsOnline/Search History Interface/Alerts
|Report||Patent Coverage Map||Ratings||Comments|
|This search system report was created by the Intellogist Team and is available for viewing only. If you'd like to share your knowledge on Intellogist, please visit the Best Practices, Glossary, or Community Reports pages. Registered users may be notified of any substantial changes to this report by placing a "watch" on the Revisions page, which is the last page listed in the table of contents. To learn more about using the Intellogist "watchlist," see the Watchlist Help page.|| |
Alerts can be created by saving a search query and then modifying it to turn the alert setting on. An alert is a re-occurring search query that informs the user of new search results since the last query was run.
Users are given preference options including notification method (in-account, email, both, or neither) and notification frequency (daily, weekly with choice of day, or monthly with choice of date). Users are not able to customize the time of day that the alert notification is sent, but it is generally around 10 AM Eastern Standard Time. Email results are delivered to the registered user who created the alert and cannot be assigned to another email.
As can be seen above, the original query is not mentioned in the email alert. However, the user created name is given (in this case “resistor”). Patent document number links are available directly from the email, as well as a link to take users to the full range of results. User created alerts cannot be turned into an RSS feed.
Pre-assembled alerts from the FreePatentsOnline "new patents" page, however, are available in RSS form. RSS feeds with weekly updates are available for:
- granted patents of individual US classifications
- published patent applications from selected US classes
Saved alerts failed to send notifications of any type for the first month and a half of testing. Thereafter, alerts ran with full functionality. This inconsistency casts doubt on the reliability of this feature.