Accession Number : AD0671111

Title :   PROGRESS REPORT AND CURRENT SYSTEM DESCRIPTION: U.S. PATENT OFFICE/RAND EXPERIMENTAL PATENT SEARCH SYSTEM,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Strumwasser,M. J. ; Wessel,A. E.

Report Date : JUN 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 32

Abstract : Because the last several years have seen interesting and rewarding applications of on-line, time-shared technology to problem-solving tasks, it appeared that application of such a system might offer direct help to the patent examiner in the search and retrieval of patents from the files. Because JOSS was available and had several design properties deemed necessary in such a task, an exploratory effort was undertaken to construct an experimental search and retrieval system. Four considerations were held uppermost in the design of this system: (1) The user should need no previous experience with computers. He should not have to be a programmer. Furthermore, he should need very little training in this system to use it. (2) Access to and use of the system should be as easy as possible. (3) The system should be as nearly foolproof as possible. More important, it should be impossible to inadvertently destroy any part of the data base or the programming. (4) The design should be flexible, allowing for ready modification as experience is gained with the system. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*PATENTS, *SEARCH THEORY), (*INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, PATENTS), COMPUTER PROGRAMS, DATA PROCESSING, AUTOMATION, SUBJECT INDEXING

Subject Categories : Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE