On July 24, 2002, the USPTO submitted a Report to Congress on the Removal of Classified Paper from the USPTO’s Public Search Facilities. In response, the National Intellectual Property Association is seeking to stop the USPTO’s systematic destruction of the world’s largest paper collection of patent and trademark documents, which number in the tens of millions. In addition, the National Intellectual Property Law Institute has offered to be the custodians of the whole paper library of documents. In place of the paper documents, the USPTO is instituting an automated search and retrieval system, Examiners Automated Search Tool (EAST) and the Web Enabled Search Tool (WEST), that apparently is not up to the massive task at hand.
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