From the post:
Real-Time, Granular, Online Access to Complex Manuals Improves Efficiency and Transparency While Reducing Costs
MarkLogic Corporation, the provider of the MarkLogic® Enterprise NoSQL database, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched the Reference Document Management Service (RDMS), which uses MarkLogic for real-time searching of detailed, specific, up-to-date content within patent and trademark manuals. RDMS enables real-time search of the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) and the Trademark Manual of Examination Procedures (TMEP). These manuals provide a vital window into the complexities of U.S. patent and trademark laws for inventors, examiners, businesses, and patent and government attorneys.
The thousands of examiners working for USPTO need to be able to quickly locate relevant instructions and procedures to assist in their examinations. The RDMS is enabling faster, easier searches for these internal users.
Having the most current materials online also means that the government can reduce reliance on printed manuals that quickly go out of date. USPTO can also now create and publish revisions to its manuals more quickly, allowing them to be far more responsive to changes in legislation.
Additionally, for the first time ever, the tool has also been made available to the public increasing the MPEP and TMEP accessibility globally, furthering the federal government’s efforts to promote transparency and accountability to U.S. citizens. Patent creators and their trusted advisors can now search and reference the same content as the USPTO examiners, in real time — instead of having to thumb through a printed reference guide.
The date on this report was March 26, 2013.
I don’t know if the USPTO is just playing games but searching their site for “Reference Document Management Service” produces zero “hits.”
Searching for “RDMS” produces four (4) “hits,” none of which were pointers to an interface.
Maybe it was too transparent?
The value-add proposition I was going to suggest was mapping the results of searching into some coherent presentation, like TaxMap.
And/or linking the results of searches into current literature in rapidly developing fields of technology.
Guess both of those opportunities will have to wait for basic searching to be available.
If you have a status update on this announced but missing project please ping me.